German election: Who is coming to power
There are only four days left until the election. At the last minute of the election campaign, Germany’s three main political parties are working hard to win over voters. The three main parties are the Christian Democratic Union, the Social Democratic Party and the Environmentalist Green Party.
Even four days ago, about 40 percent of voters still do not know which party they will vote for on Sunday, September 26. The news was reported by the magazine Frankfurter Allgemeine. And the votes of these unknown or floating voters will largely determine which party will be in power in Germany for the next four years.
Germany, the second largest country in Europe with 80 million people, has about 60 million voters. All eyes in Europe are now on the German election as a strong economy and a leading country in the European Union. The two main rivals in the election are the ruling Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party. For the past eight years, the two parties have been running the government in coalition, but now they are rivals. However, the state-based party, the Christian Socialist Union of Bavaria, has in the past been a partner in the coalition government.
Outside of these parties, the smaller coalition partners include the Environmentalist Green Party, the Liberal or Free Democratic Party, the Christian Socialist Union and the Left. Although these teams are small, they always act as catalysts in the sphere of power.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in power for 17 years, is a popular politician in her country and in Europe. He is known as the foremost leader of humanity in the field of refugees, his role in the expansion and market of the euro currency, including the European Union. However, his party is known as a party that prioritizes the interests of Germany’s conservative, aristocratic, industrialists. There are doubts about how much this Merkel-free party will dominate Merkel-politics in the coming days. In that case, the Social Democrats are identified as a group of progressive, intellectual, ordinary working people.
At a time when several major European countries are struggling to control state budgets and sustain growth, Germany is witnessing a surge in capital, a record increase in exports, and a surge in purchasing power.
But one statistic shows that only 10 percent of the country’s population is benefiting from the lion’s share of this strong economy. On the other hand, about 15 percent of the people are living below the poverty line at the moment. The number of low-income people in the country continues to rise due to the Corona epidemic. Despite various government incentives, poverty has increased at the moment.
According to opinion polls, the Social Democratic Party will get 26 percent of the vote, the Christian Democratic Union 22 percent and the Environmentalist Green Party 16 percent.
Chancellor candidates for the three major parties took part in the last televised debate before the election on Sunday. Olaf Schultz of the Social Democratic Party, Armin Lashett of the Christian Democratic Union, and Anabella Berbak of the Environmentalist Green Party. Current social issues such as minimum wage, child allowance and basic child security, poor families dependent on social allowance, retirement allowance, etc. come to the fore in the debate. In the midst of this controversy, Olaf Schultz of the Social Democratic Party hinted that his party would form a coalition government with the Green Party if it won the next day.
Out of the total 709 seats, 299 seats will be directly elected. The other seats will be decided according to the proportion of votes received by the parties. Voters will vote twice. One vote is for direct candidate selection, the other for the party of choice. As a rule, parties can also send nominated candidates to parliament based on their turnout. If a party gets less than 5 percent of the vote, it will lose its legitimacy to go to parliament.
Next Sunday is the 20th election of the German parliament. Cards with names and numbers have already reached nearly 60 million voters across the country. Due to Corona, a record number of voters are voting by post this time.
In this election, 48 parties have fielded 6,211 candidates. The number of polling stations is six thousand. Polling stations will be open on Sundays from 8am to 6pm on weekends. results of the vote will be released two hours later at eight o’clock at night.