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Social democrats beat Merkel’s party in German election – preliminary results

Written by on 27/09/2021

Preliminary results in the German election show the centre-left social democrats have beaten outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc.

SPD won 25.8% to the CDU/CSU’s 24.1%, according to figures from German broadcaster ARD and Reuters.

The greens were next with 14.6%, followed by the FDP on 11.5%.

The two parties have signalled they are willing to discuss a three-way alliance with either of their two bigger rivals to form a majority government.

Right-wing populist party AfD came fifth with 10.4%.

In the running to become the next chancellor is CDU/CSU bloc’s Armin Laschet and outgoing finance minister Olaf Scholz for the Social Democrats.

The greens, with candidate Annalena Baerbock, are also making their first run for the chancellery.

 Sky News

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