The Social Democrats were the biggest in the German election – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

For the first time since 2005, Germany will have a new Chancellor. It seems to be Olaf Scholz from the Social Democrats (SPD).

Early Monday morning, the preliminary result showed that the SPD is in the best position with a support of 25.7 percent.

The conservative bloc CDU / CSU is declining sharply and gets 24.1 percent.

The Greens make their best choice ever, with 14.8 percent. Liberal FDP ends at 11.5 percent, while right-wing radical AfD ends at 10.3 percent.

At the same time, the left-wing party Die Linke ends up at 4.9 percent and thus just below the threshold, according to the country’s election commission.

Will form a government with the Greens and the FDP

Despite the SPD winning the election, it is not certain that Scholz will be Angela Merkel’s successor. Who will be Germany’s new Chancellor is expected to be clear after government negotiations.

The SDP needs to work with other parties to form a government. Before the election, both the SPD and the CDU / CSU expressed a desire to talk to the liberal party FDP and the Greens.

Scholz must win over the Greens and the Liberal Party FDP to form the government he wants.


It is these two parties that can decide who they want to form a government with.

The Social Democrat Scholz now says after the election result is clear, that he wants a government with the FDP and the Greens.

– Three parties have been strengthened, therefore this is the clear mandate that the voters have formulated, he says.

The Greens prefer to rule with the SPD, while the liberal party FDP prefers the CDU / CSU. The two parties have expressed their willingness to discuss cooperation to form a government.

It may therefore take time before it becomes clear who is in the new government in Germany. Before the election, Scholz said he hoped to form a government before Christmas.

Scholz calls the election a success

When the first forecasts were published earlier on Sunday night, NRK’s ​​Germany correspondent Roger Severin Bruland delivered this report from the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin.

NRK’s ​​correspondent in Berlin, Roger Sevrin Bruland, is struggling to report on the election vigil to the SPD because people are cheering over the forecasts.

Scholz called the election a success for the SPD after forecasts began to tick in.

– It’s going to be a long election night, that’s for sure. But this is clear: Many citizens have put their cross next to the SPD because they want a change, and because they want the next chancellor to be named Olaf Scholz, he said.

Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre was quick to congratulate his Social Democratic colleague.

– Heartfelt congratulations from Norway, dear Olaf Scholz and SPD. An impressive result after an inspiring election campaign. Exciting night and exciting days ahead of us. We look forward to a close collaboration, he writes Twitter.


Olaf Scholz is pleased with the result so far.

Photo: Britta Pedersen / AP

– The SPD is back

Parliamentary representative for the Labor Party, Anniken Huitfeldt, believes Olaf Scholz will be Germany’s next chancellor.

– As it looks now, it seems that the Social Democrats will be the biggest, and then they are best placed to get the chancellor, she says to NRK on SPD’s election vigil.

She believes Scholz and Støre will be able to work well together if they both become heads of government.

– We have many common interests with Germany, so with two social democratic governments we want even more in common, she says.

The SPD’s general secretary Lars Klingbell says the party has been given a “clear mandate to govern” after the polls became known.

– We have fought our way back as SPD, SPD is back, SPD has a clear mandate to govern, he says to ZDF.

In the polls, the Greens get about 15 percent. Liberal FDP and right-wing radical AFD are about 11 percent each, while Die Linke is around 5 percent, which puts the party in danger of falling below the threshold.

– Turning point for the party

Benedikt Jeutner has our election campaign staff for the SPD.

Benedikt Jeutner believes today’s election is a turning point for the SPD.

Photo: Roger Severin Bruland / NRK

In Berlin, there was great cheering at the election vigil of the SPD when the results became known. Benedikt Jeutner has been an election campaign employee for the SPD, and tells NRK that this is a turning point for the party.

– I have been a party member for nine years, and this is the first time it is actually an “election winner” in a way. I think there are a lot of emotions here at the moment, he says.

The SPD has had a downward curve in the last ten years – but Jeutner says this is the turning point that the party can look back on in the future and say “from here the SPD was on its way up again”.

He praises Angela Merkel for being a good leader, but says it’s time for something new.

– It is time for a new beginning, new leadership, new government and new actions. I wish Merkel all the best, but I’m also glad we can see a change tonight. We would not get that with the CDU / CSU, says Jeutner.


The more than 60,000 polling stations around Germany opened at eight o’clock on Sunday morning, and closed at 18:00.

The SPD was best placed in the polls ahead of the election, and Scholz has been the favorite to take over the job from Merkel.

The heir to Merkel’s own party CDU / CSU, Armin Laschet, has long been behind Scholz in opinion polls. But lately he has recovered, and Sunday’s election in Germany was the most unpredictable in many years.


Armin Laschet (left) has still not given up hope of becoming the next chancellor of Germany. Here with Angela Merkel during the election vigil tonight.


Laschet says that the party “can not be satisfied” with the election result, but that he still aims to form the next government in the country.

– We will do everything we can to form a government led by the CDU, Laschet told the party’s supporters in Berlin, adding that the election result “is still unclear”.

AfD satisfied

The election forecasts show that the right-wing radical AfD is likely to get between 10 and 11 percent of the votes. The party received 12.6 percent in the last election, and thus goes back a bit, but is still satisfied.

– We have managed a solid result, says top candidate Tino Chrupalla.


AfD – Alternative für Deutchland – is very pleased with the election. Here, the party’s top candidate Tino Chrupalla (far right) applauds the election day polls.

Photo: ANDREAS GEBERT / Reuters

The Greens’ leader Annalena Baerbock admits that she made a mistake during the election campaign.

The party is likely to get about 15 percent of the vote in the election, but that is far less than the polls indicated when Baerbock took over the party leadership position.

– We wanted more, but we did not get it. Among other things, because of our own mistakes at the start of the election campaign, my own mistakes I made, she said at the Greens’ election vigil in Berlin.

During the election campaign, it emerged that Baerbock had embellished her CV and reported too late on large payments she received from her party.

In addition, she was accused of plagiarism when it was revealed that her recently published book contained a number of passages copied from other authors without citation or citation.

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