German election finely balanced as Merkel departs after 16 years
The election to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor of Germany is finely balanced, according to exit polls, in what is one of the closest elections since World War Two.
One survey has the left of centre Social Democrats (SPD) ahead by two points, while another has them tied with Merkel’s conservative bloc.
BREAKING: according to ZDF exit poll the Social Democrats have won the greater number of votes in the German election— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) September 26, 2021
Left Party 5%
Both Olaf Scholz of the SPD and Armin Laschet of the CDU could conceivably become chancellor of Germany at this stage.
Conservative chancellor candidate Armin Laschet said without Angela Merkel running, “it was clear...it was going to be a tight election campaign.”— DW Politics (@dw_politics) September 26, 2021
According to the latest #btw21 projections, the conservative bloc could see its worst result since 1949.pic.twitter.com/5vasU2eNsm
The Green party looks set to come in third place followed by the populist Alternative for Germany party.
Merkel will be leaving after 16 years in power.
Stepping down after 16 years in office with 80% approval ratings.— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 24, 2021
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We will miss Angela Merkel. pic.twitter.com/ddMA57T2lM
One of her legacies is to have changed the culture of German politics which was previously a male-dominated space.
Merkel entered politics with an unusual background as a physicist who holds a PhD in quantum chemistry.