The race for the German chancellor’s seat heats up at the sprint stage

The campaign to find a successor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel heats up after the left-wing Social Democrats have an advantage over Merkel’s Conservatives.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, candidate of the Social Democrats for Prime Minister. Photo: AFP

Support for the Social Democrats (SPD) rose 2 points from last week to 24%. This is the highest level of support for Party Social Democracy over the past four years according to the results of a poll that INSA conducted for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) dropped 1 point to 21%, the lowest level of support they have ever received in opinion polls.

Germans will go to the polls to elect a new chancellor on September 26, after Chancellor Merkel stepped down after 16 years in office and won four consecutive national elections. German support for Party Christian democracy has been in decline after Mrs. Merkel’s decision to step down.

This is the second time the poll has seen the rise of Party Social Democracy. Support for Party Christian Democrats and their “sister party”, the Christian Social Union (CSU), have been steadily declining in recent weeks.

Last month, Chairman Party Christian Democrat Armin Laschet, prime ministerial candidate for the conservative Christian Democratic Union/CSU/CSU (CDU/CSU) coalition, was criticized when he was caught on camera smiling. during a visit to a flooded town.

According to the poll results from a hypothetical vote to elect the German chancellor directly by INSA, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the candidate of Party Social Democrats will receive 31% of the vote, while Armin Laschet of the Christian Democratic/Social Alliance will get only 10% and Annalena Baerbock, the candidate of the 90/Green Party short is Party Green) had a slightly better share of the vote with 14%.

The three candidates for Chancellor of Germany are expected to “speak” in a televised debate on Sunday night, September 5.

In spite of Party Social Democrats have taken the lead in recent polls, but the party still needs to work with the other two coalitions to run and forge an acceptable discussion.

In a recent interview in the center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who has the highest number of votes with 31%, rejected the possibility of non-cooperation with the leftist Linke party, despite although he believes that any German government must commit to NATO membership.

Linke currently receives only about 6% of the vote, according to the polls. In its election manifesto, the party called for the removal of its commitment to NATO membership.

Ms. Annalena Baerbock, application Prime Minister’s candidate of Party Green has distanced itself from Linke as a possible partner. Speaking to Funke Media Group newspapers, Ms. Baerbock commented: “Linke has removed itself quite beautifully, since the party is not even ready to assist the Bundeswehr armed forces in rescuing German citizens. and local forces out of Afghanistan”.

Meanwhile, the candidate of Party Christian Democracy spear, Mr. Armin Laschet expressed skepticism about the commitment of both Party Social Democracy and Party Green about supporting the German military when he said at an event on August 29 that the two parties had in the past blocked measures to protect soldiers.