There is one week left for the federal elections in Germany next Sunday, September 26, and the candidates finalize their respective campaigns for the election date. For now, the polls give the candidate of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) as the winner, although they predict that he will need the support of other parties to be able to form a new government.
Polls give Olaf Scholz one in four votes. A former member of the Bundestag (Parliament) for 13 years, Scholz has been Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and currently serves as Deputy Federal Chancellor and Minister of Finance. For seven years, since 2011, he was mayor of Hamburg.
His main rival is Armin Laschet, from Merkel’s party and candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) coalition. Laschet has been part of the Bundestag and the European Parliament, but comes to the elections with a fall in popularity after his much criticized management during the floods that this summer have devastated North Rhine-Westphalia, of which he is governor.
The polls give the third position to Annalena Baerbock, the candidate of Los Verdes. Baerbock has co-led the game for more than 10 years. It is the first time that the Greens have nominated an individual candidacy for the chancellery: the party has historically presented itself to the general elections with a political duo due to the impossibility of leading a federal government. A federal deputy since 2013, she worked in her party’s Brussels offices and is a staunch defender of the European Union.
In the list of candidates with the most support in the polls appears the tandem Tino Chrupalla and Alice Weidel, the candidates of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Chrupalla is part of the most radical wing of his party and presents himself as a “common citizen” to the German electorate. For her part, Weidel is a doctor in economics who is very critical of the European Union. Deniers of the covid and climate change, the candidates hope to overcome the results of the last elections.
Tied with AfD is the Liberal Party (FDP) and its representative, Christian Lindner, whose votes could be decisive for the formation of the Government. Lindner has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Parliament and of the Bundestag and has been the candidate of his political background in various electoral processes.
The representatives of The Left, Janine Wissler and Dietmar Bartsch, close the list. The leaders of the far-left party hope to be decisive in the formation of a government.