German federal elections 2021- SPD make gains as CDU heading for worst results in decades

 Social Democratic Party (SPD) expected to win 202 seats while Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) 197 seats in dead heat race 

According to the exit polls of German federal elections, Social democratic Party (SPD) is expecting to win 202 seats in the house of 730 while Conservative CDU/CSU winning 197 seats. Green Party is expected to win 114 seats. The pro-business FPD is expected to win 92 while far right AFD to win 87 seats. The Left Party is going to win 40 seats. 
The Greens  and Free Democrats FPD have become king makers after the close election. SPD can form coalition with Greens and FPD (409 seats) or with CDU/CSU (399 seats). The Conservative CDU/CSU can also make coalition with Greens and FPD (404 seats). 366 seats needed to form a majority coalition. The other option might be to form a minority coalition of SPD, Greens and Left Party (356 seats). 
This election result means that there will be long negotiations between different parties to form the next government. It is going to be a tough negotiations and bargain. Both SPD and CDU can form next government depending on the agreements between different political parties. 

An exit poll carried out for ARD, a German public broadcaster, put the SPD neck and neck with the CDU. The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) on 25.2%, narrowly ahead of the center-right Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party (CDU/CSU) on 24.6%.

The left leaning environmentalist Greens are on course to record their best ever result, headed for over 14% of the vote. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) were hovering around the 11% mark. The socialist Left party is on 5%.


 The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) on 25.2%, narrowly ahead of the center-right Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party (CDU/CSU) on 24.6%.

 One initial survey put the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) two points ahead of Merkel’s CDU/CSU conservative bloc but another had both tied in first place.

The projections suggest the center-left parties were the biggest winners of the election. The SPD gained 4.5% compared to their result in the last federal election in 2017, while the Greens were up over 6%.

The conservative bloc suffered heavy losses as the Angela Merkel era comes to an end. They were down by almost 8% on the previous election and are heading towards their worst result since 1949. 

Preliminary results showed Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s SPD with around 24.9 to 25.6% of the vote, followed closely by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their candidate Armin Laschet on 24.4 to 24.7%.

In what is one of the most unpredictable elections for Europe’s biggest economy in decades, the SPD swiftly staked its claim with general secretary Lars Klingbeil saying his party “clearly has the mandate to govern”.

“It’s going to be a long election night, that’s for sure,” Scholz said. “But this is certain: that many citizens have put their crosses next to the SPD because they want there to be a change in government and also because they want the next chancellor to be called Olaf Scholz.”

With the conservatives staring down the barrel of their worst result since the second world war, CDU secretary Paul Ziemiak admitted that the “losses are bitter compared to the last election” in 2017, when the CDU-CSU notched up 33%.

But Laschet, 60, warned that the jury was still out on which party triumphed, as he said that he would “do everything we can to build a government led by the (conservative) Union”.

Here are two different projections by German broadcasters

SPD: 25.6% (+5.1)

CDU-CSU: 24.4% (-8.5)

Greens: 14.7% (+5.8)

FDP: 11.6% (+0.9)

AfD: 10.3% (-2.3)

Die Linke : 5% (-4.2)

The exit poll results published by German public television and radio broadcaster ARD 

SPD: 24.9% (+4,4)

CDU-CSU: 24.7% (-8.2)

Greens: 14.6% (+5.7)

FDP: 11.7% (+1)

AfD: 11.1% (-1.5)

Die Linke: 5% (-4.2)

                                                          Khalid Bhatti 

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