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US News the Germans called to elect the successor of Angela Merkel

06:50  26 september  2021
06:50  26 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Emmanuel Macron receives Angela Merkel

 Emmanuel Macron receives Angela Merkel © John MacDougall / AFP The invitation of Ms. Merkel in Paris puts one last time in light the personal relationship and work between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, who has changed considerably since 2017 . This Thursday evening, Emmanuel Macron receives Angela Merkel one last time, before the Chancellor did looks good to power. They plan to make a joint statement at 19:00.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed her centre-right party's candidate Armin Laschet to succeed her, in an unusually tight poll campaign. At the final CDU rally, in Mr Laschet's home town of Aachen, Mrs Merkel praised him as a "bridge-builder who will get people on board". It's impossible to predict whether Angela Merkel 's successor will be the conservative Armin Laschet or the centre-left Olaf Scholz. Four months ago the Greens were leading the polls. Then the conservatives pulled ahead.

Germany is heading towards a highly uncertain future just a month before federal elections that will see the country draw a line under the Angela Merkel era. The likeliest outcome is several months of turbulent negotiations in Europe's leading economy as parties try to form a coalition government, with several Polls suggest that none of the main candidates to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor seem particularly convincing to the country's voting base of 62 million, who will be casting their ballots on September 26. However, under the German system the top job is not elected directly by the people

Germany - Election / (Photo, TV): the Germans called to elect the successor of Angela Merkel

* Angela Merkel does not seek to obtain a fifth mandate

* Last polls show a short advance of the Social Democrats

* The Conservatives have reduced the gap in the last phases of the

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Berlin, September 26 (Reuters) - the Germans go to the polls Sunday to participate in the federal elections and designate the successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel and perhaps ending sixteen years of conservative power.

The German electorate is divided and the main parties will surely engage in negotiations to form a coalition, which could take several months, leaving Angela Merkel, which is 67 years old, to provide the interim at the head of the country.

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Advertisement. German election . Who will replace Angela Merkel as chancellor? Germany has three chancellor candidates in the 2021 federal election : Annalena Baerbock, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz. The three-way contest for the chancellery is taking place for the very first time in German history. Some 60.4 million people are eligible to vote in Germany 's general election for the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on September 26, 2021.

Germany is heading towards a highly uncertain future just a month before federal elections that will see the country draw a line under the Angela Merkel era. The likeliest outcome is several months of turbulent negotiations in Europe's leading economy as parties try to form a coalition government, with several Polls suggest that none of the main candidates to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor seem particularly convincing to the country's voting base of 62 million, who will be casting their ballots on September 26. However, under the German system the top job is not elected directly by the people

campaigning in its riding of Aachen alongside Angela Merkel, the Conservative candidate Armin Laschet said on Saturday a left-handed alliance led by the Social Democrat (SPD) with the Greens and the Party From the far left Die Linke would destabilize Europe.

"They want us to get out of NATO, they do not want this alliance, they want another republic," said Armin Laschet, who is 60 years old. "I do not want Die Linke to be in the next government".

Facing Armin Leschet, Olaf Scholz of the SPD, the current 63-year-old Finance Minister, won the three televised debates between the main candidates.

Olaf Scholz did not exclude an alliance with the left but said NATO membership was a red line for the SPD.

After an electoral campaign focused on domestic issues, the Allies of Berlin in Europe and beyond must wait until months before seeing whether the new German government is ready to commit to foreign issues to the extent that They wish.

In a Bundestag that promises to be very fragmented again, a three-party coalition is likely. The last opinion polls gave a narrow advance to the Social Democrats, but the Conservatives reduced the gap in recent days and many voters were still undecided.

according to the most probable coalition scenarios, the SPD or the conservative block of the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian allies of the CSU - whatever the first come - would form an alliance with the Greens and the Liberals FDP.

(French version Camille Raynaud)

Germany: For its last meeting, Angela Merkel tries to keep the CDU with a flood .
© INA FASSBENDER The leader of the Christian Democratic Union and candidate for Chancellery Armin Laschet, on the left, and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel Achieve a smile on stage at their campaign meeting in Aachen, in western Germany, on September 25, 2021, one day before the federal election.

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