It has not been a great choice for the outgoing leader Angela Merkel’s own party, the right wing of the CDU center.
Your candidate Armin Lashet was punished at the polls, caught on camera laughing as the country’s president delivered a speech after the country’s devastating floods.
But they expected better, especially after a rebound in the polls in the final leg of this contest.
Preliminary results show that Merkel’s party has been defeated.
His CDU / CSU bloc won 24% of the vote, but the SPD Social Democrats claimed nearly 26%, according to broadcaster ARD.
Both will now try to form a coalition government.
Merkel’s party should have done better. Its chancellor has served 16 years in power and is one of the most popular politicians in German history. However, his party has not been rewarded by the voters.
As CDU activists consoled themselves with large servings of German lager at Berlin’s R 23 bar, the period of reflection was already beginning. For some, the issue was the candidate or how voters perceived him at the door.
The party’s regional organizer, Christophe Lehmann, told Sky News that the problem was the candidate.
Said, “We had to drive against the wind.”
“Because a lot of people didn’t understand why we elected Laschet. The voters weren’t convinced.”
Former Berlin MP Cordula Kollotschek told Sky News, Laschet is not a political box office, but that wasn’t the only problem.
“He has no charisma, he’s not really a star, he’s not very handsome in the media, that’s really important at a time like now, but I don’t think we have the answer either, especially for young people, for things like the weather.” change.”
On the television in the bar, the coverage continued in almost funereal tones. German political coverage is serious and bleak. However, most had turned away from the screen to drink outside on a nice summer afternoon or return home.
It’s a longer game now, with the haggling and haggling over forming a coalition.