Germany Prepares for ‘Super Elections’ in 2021

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In Germany, 2021 is defined as the “super election year”. There will be both federal elections in the country and some states’ parliamentarians will be re-elected. The general elections for the members of the Bundestag will be held on 26 September. In Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the capital Berlin, voters will go to the polls to elect members of the state parliament.

Elections are scheduled for March 14 in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, but it is rumored that it may be postponed due to the Corona epidemic or can only be held with the letter vote. The organization of the local election scheduled for April 25 in Thuringia also depends on the course of the epidemic situation. Some experts suggest that these three local elections could be delayed until September 26 if the number of cases did not decrease. In Saxony-Anhalt, voters will go to the polls on June 6 to elect members of the state parliament, according to the current situation. Elections for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin state legislatures are expected to be held on September 26, the same day as the Bundestag elections.

Germany will determine its new leader

The Federal Elections will also determine Germany’s new prime minister, as Angela Merkel, who has been prime minister since 2005, announced two years ago that she would not be a candidate again. According to the latest polls, if there were general elections in Germany this weekend, the Union Parties CDU / CSU would hold 37 percent of the total votes, Greens 19 percent, SPD 15 percent, far right AfD 10 percent, Left Party 8 percent and the liberal FDP will get 6 percent.

Who are the prime minister candidates?

Although there is not a noticeable decrease in the number of people who have caught the Corona virus and died in Germany, it is noteworthy that Merkel’s fight against COVID-19 has increased both trust and support to conservative Union Parties. Analysts argue that the candidate nominated by the CDU / CSU is very likely to take the seat to be vacated by Merkel. However, it is not yet clear who will be the prime minister candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) and the “sister party” CSU.

Likewise, with the resignation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was also the Minister of Defense, it is not clear who will be the Chairman of the CDU. CDU’s congress, which was planned to be held in Stuttgart on December 4, was postponed after the meeting ban due to the epidemic, and it was decided to hold the election “digitally” on January 15. For this post, Friedrich Merz, who served as CDU / CSU Bundestag Group Chair for a term, North Rhine-Westphalia State Prime Minister Armin Lascher and former Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen will compete. The public opinion polls show Friedrich Merz, who is known for his right-wing populist rhetoric and harshly criticizing Merkel for his liberal immigration policies, as the candidate with the highest chance of winning. The president of the CDU is usually the conservative candidate for prime minister. However, it is said that CSU President and Bavarian State Prime Minister Markus Söder, who came to the forefront with his successful decisions and implementations during the Corona process, could also be a candidate for prime minister. In polls, the Social Democratic Party, which came third after the CDU / CSU and the Greens, declared Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as the party’s candidate for prime minister, knowing that there was no chance of winning the SPD. The Greens have not announced their candidate for prime minister yet. The Greens are expected to decide on one of the co-chair Annalena Baerbock and Robert Halbeck.

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