According to the preliminary official final result, the SPD with top candidate Olaf Scholz will be the strongest force in the federal election in 2021, the union with Armin Laschet follows in second place. The Greens with top candidate Annalena Baerbock landed in third place.
The result at a glance:
This results in several possible government constellations for the Bundestag. An SPD-led traffic light coalition with the Greens and the FDP would be possible, red-green-red would now have no majority. But the Union could also form a government. A so-called Jamaica coalition of black, green and yellow would also have a majority.
SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz said he was delighted with his party’s performance in the federal election. “Of course I’m happy about the election result,” said Scholz on Sunday evening in Berlin. “That’s a great success.” Many voters have made it clear that they want a “change in government” and that the next Chancellor should be Olaf Scholz.
Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet wants to reach a Union-led federal government despite the losses. “We will do everything in our power to form a federal government under the leadership of the Union,” he said, choosing the term “future coalition” again. He thus indicated an alliance with the FDP and the Greens. The election result is a major challenge. “That is why all democrats now need to make a great effort,” he said. “We have to hold Germany together.”
Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock praised the alleged performance of her party as the “historically best result”. Baerbock was also self-critical: “We came for the first time to shape this country as a leading force,” said the Greens co-party chairman at her party’s election party in Berlin. “We wanted more,” she admitted.
FDP leader Christian Lindner suggested preliminary clarifications between his party and the Greens with a view to a possible new government constellation. It might be advisable that the parties who campaigned against the status quo of the grand coalition talk to each other first in order to structure everything that comes afterwards, said Lindner on Sunday evening in the “Berlin Round” on ARD and ZDF .