Angela Merkel was one of the most high-profile political leaders in the world during her 16-year tenure, and she will continue to hold the highest office until an agreement is reached. But bargaining can take days, weeks or even longer-it will take months to form a government after Merkel’s 2017 election.
Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had the worst performance in its history, setting a record loss. Together with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), it won 24.1% of the vote, while the Social Democratic Party’s vote was 25.7%, losing a total of 49 seats; CSU lost one seat (the Social Democratic Party won 51 seats) .
Supporters believe that once Merkel, who has been regarded as a stable hand for many years, steps down, the vote for the CDU represents the stability of the country, but the result is painful for the prime minister’s party.
An important night for the Greens
The climate is one of the key issues during the campaign — especially after the deadly floods in the summer devastated western Germany — which is beneficial to the Green Party.
The party won 14.8% of the vote and won 51 seats.
“This momentum from the market, from so many [people] Those who have joined our party in the past few years have achieved the best results in history,” she told a group of supporters at the party’s headquarters on Sunday night.
But Belbok added that the Green Party “wants more” and intends to become the ruling party. In the early days of the election campaign, the Green Party was ahead of the two main traditional parties, the CDU and the Social Democratic Party.
On Monday, Balbok stated that the party was “willing to negotiate with other German parties”, adding: “We have received explicit authorization from voters to ensure that our country has a new start.”
The Liberal Democratic Party and the Green Party may be kings
The Green Party now looks set to play the role of king in any coalition-together with the free and business-friendly Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), it won 11.5% of the vote and won 12 seats based on its 2017 performance.
The Liberal Democratic Party has never led the German government, but in the past it has always been a junior partner in alliance with the CDU and the SPD.
Its leader, Christian Lindner, said on Monday that exploratory negotiations with the Green Party have begun: “The difference between the Green Party and the Liberal Democratic Party is the biggest…so…we should look for common ground. This makes sense,” he told reporters in Berlin.
Lindner also stated that his party is ready for dialogue with the Social Democratic Party and the CDU.
Merkel’s seat flip
On the night when the CDU suffered a series of tragic blows, perhaps the most telling thing is that Angela Merkel lost his seat.
Kasotsky told CNN that Merkel left big shoes to fill. Kasotsky said: “She has done a lot of work for the constituency here, and I think she is often our strong prime minister and role model-especially for young girls.”
Merkel stated that “women can also participate in politics, and women can also have power,” Kasotsky added. “It is very important to create this kind of visibility.”
Far-right gains in the former East Germany
Germany’s far-right anti-immigration alternative party, AfD, lost 11 seats overall, but topped the list in the eastern states of Thuringia and Saxony.
CNN’s Sugam Pokharel, Jennifer Deaton, and Helen Regan contributed to this report. Additional report by Reuters.