German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to convince German voters during her possibly last speech in the German Bundestag by presenting them two choices.
She speaks of a possible moderate centre government led by her party or a left-wing coalition willing to cooperate with the far-left party Die Linke. However, in current polls, Merkel’s party is lagging behind its current coalition partner, the Social Democratic SPD. As a result, Merkel is doing her best to get voters to vote for her conservative CDU/CSU party.
Merkel touted a possible government under her CDU/CSU successor, Armin Laschet, as “a government that leads our country into the future with moderation”. In the run-up to the election, the position of Merkel’s conservative bloc CDU/CSU has deteriorated vis-à-vis Olaf Scholz’s centre-left SPD. Merkel is trying to change that.
The Social Democrats are currently more than 5 percent ahead of the CDU/CSU in the polls. The parties are currently in a coalition, but Scholz wants to rule with the Greens if he wins the election. The far-left Die Linke sees itself as an ideal coalition partner for the Greens and the SPD.
The elections for the German Bundestag are on September 26. The chancellor in Germany is not elected directly by the voters but by votes in parliament. As a result, Merkel will step down from politics after 16 years of leading the country.