The Social Democrats are ready to form a government after Sunday’s electoral victory. The Christian Democrats have begun to argue.
On Monday morning, the candidate for Chancellor of the Social Democrats (SPD), Olaf Scholz, met with the press in Berlin. The winner of the election is ready to take responsibility for the government. Germany wants majority governments. The SPD won the elections with 25.7 percent of the vote.
Therefore, the plan is to form a coalition with the Greens and the FDP Liberal Party.
“Three parties have been strengthened, so this is the clear mandate that the voters have formulated,” Scholz said.
The question now is whether the Greens and the FDP want to cooperate.
The two sides must begin “preliminary investigations”, according to the leader of the FDP, Christian Lindner.
Because also the electoral loser Armin Laschet, leader of the Christian Democratic CDU party, still wants to become chancellor. So you need cooperation with the same two parties. Neither of the two largest parties has received a natural government mandate, Laschet said at a news conference Monday.
The Christian Democrats fell to a record low on Sunday, with a result of 24.1 percent.
Internal struggle in the CDU
It may not be particularly tempting to ally yourself with someone who just lost an election. Monday morning also began with reports of internal conflicts in the CDU. And Laschet had never intended to govern the country, now it was said from the party. It was intended to be an offer if Scholz fails to form a government, the newspaper writes. The world.
Armin Laschet is also said to have had a long conversation with the head of the FDP, Christian Lindner. The two are personal friends.
Reactions to how Laschet has handled the electoral defeat are strong.
– Who will tell Laschet that it is over? Asks the commentator. Southgerman’s newspaper. List the misery: Laschet had the party ranks against him. He has run a horribly bad election campaign. The outcome of the elections is historically catastrophic. The eastern part of Germany has become a fallow land for the CDU.
– And then you stand up and want to find a majority in the Bundestag that wants you as chancellor?
The largest parliament in the world
In any case, the formation of a government will take time. Meanwhile, the election result also presents practical problems. Once again, a new record has been set for the number of representatives in the Bundestag. 735 has entered, write The daily mirror. During this period it was 709, also the record.
The reason the Bundestag is growing is the German electoral system. Each voter has two votes. One vote goes to one candidate in each of the 299 constituencies, another to the party list. This brings in 299 directly elected representatives.
But to ensure that the political balance reflects the votes cast on party lists, it is offset by mandates. As more parties enter, the total number of representatives increases.
Physically, there is no place for the new representatives, neither in the hall nor in the offices. Now solutions must be found for the world’s largest parliament.
Although the Chinese People’s Congress has more members than the Bundestag, it is not a democratic institution.
Best represented minorities
Among the 735 there are also two transgender people for the first time. Both Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik represent the Greens. Report the newspaper TAZ.
The novelty this year is also that a place has been given to a Dane. Stefan Seidler has been chosen for the Südschleswigsche Wählerverband (SSW) micro-match. In 1961, the party decided to stop running in the Bundestag. Last year they changed their minds and entered now.
The party is only found in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, on the border with Denmark. SSW represents the Danish and Friesian minorities. National minority parties are not subject to the 5% threshold.