The political status in Germany
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) nominated current Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz as the party’s candidate for Chancellor. In an interview with the German news channel ARD, Saskia Esken, one of the two current SPD party leaders, announced that she would consider a coalition with the Left Party (Die Linke) or the Green Party (Bündnis90/Die Grünen). The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will decide on a new party lead at a party congress between 3 and 5 December 2020. The CDU party leader is usually also nominated as candidate for chancellor for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. So far, three CDU members have announced their interest in becoming party lead, namely Armin Laschet, supported by current Health Minister Jens Spahn; Friedrich Merz; and Norbert Röttgen.
The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) presented a revised draft of their core programme in preparation for the election. In addition to the party’s main focus on climate protection and social security, the paper contains new statements on health system strengthening. With the slogan “The Future needs Allies”, the FDP started their work programme for the election. Regarding the Left Party (Die Linke), party leaders Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger resigned, and Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Willsow have since announced their interest in the position. Based on the latest prognoses, there are four possible coalitions: (1) CDU, SPD, Greens, (2) CDU, FDP, Greens, (3) CDU, Greens, and (4) CDU, SPD.