In Germany, the Social Democrats (SPD) may have won the elections for the Bundestag as well as the state elections in both Berlin and Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania. Both the likely winners and the CDU want to form a government coalition on the federal level.
Berlin, September 26th, 2021. Update: 8:37 p.m.(Local Time) — Germany’s general elections are over. According to a first prognosis, the Social Democrats won. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party CSU are the second-strongest political force now as long as the numbers do not change substantially during the ballot counting process.
Elections for Berlin Bundestag:
Die Linke: 5.0
Update: 8:12 p.m.
Because the SPD seems to be less than 2 percent ahead of the CDU in the first prognosis, a victory is not guaranteed.
Apart from the general elections, state elections were held in Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania and the city state of Berlin.
Here, district elections took place as well. Berliners also participated in a referendum about dispossessions of large real estate companies. The outcome of the latter is neither available, at this stage, nor is it binding. These are the latest numbers:
State elections in Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania:
Die Linke: 9.9
Update: 6:47 p.m.
State elections in Berlin:
Die Linke: 14.1
Update: 8:10 p.m.
Referendum about dispossessions in Berlin:
(Numbers to follow)
On the federal level, Angela Merkel’s CDU has headed several government coalitions since she won against the SPD in 2005. Her era ends as soon as there is a successor and a new government.
In the city state of Berlin, Governing Mayor Michael Müller, a Social Democrat, has a three-way center-left government coalition with the left-wing Greens and the far-left Die Linke. Müller is calling it quits.
He is trying to get into the Bundestag instead. His fellow party member Franziska Giffey will likely be taking over if she actually wins. The Greens in Berlin are strong as well.