Angela, I’m very sorry! Merkel’s jab at an electoral competitor backfires, as the CDU’s poll numbers tumble.
According to the newest survey, ANGELA MERKEL’s attempt to smear her party’s competitor Olaf Scholz ahead of the election this month backfired.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose Conservatives are trailing in opinion polls ahead of an election to replace her later this month, slammed the Social Democratic candidate for refusing to rule out a cooperation with the far left on Tuesday. Mrs Merkel’s conservatives are facing defeat after 16 years in office, with the centre-left SPD leading by five points in a poll released this week.
Olaf Scholz, the SPD candidate for chancellor, won a televised discussion on Sunday, according to a separate snap poll.
According to polls, Scholz has numerous options for forming a coalition. Scholz, though, would not rule out establishing a coalition with the far-left Linke party when asked during Sunday’s debate. Conservatives argue that this would represent a significant departure from Germany’s moderate consensus.
“There would never be a coalition with me as Chancellor in which the Linke is engaged, and whether Olaf Scholz shares this (position) or not remains open,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
“In this perspective, there is just a significant divide between myself and him in terms of Germany’s future,” she continued of Scholz.
Merkel, who has been in office since 2005, intends to step down following the election. Armin Laschet, her Conservative contender for Chancellor, has failed to pique voters’ interest.
The SPD in Brandenburg is on the rise three and a half weeks before the federal election. In second place, the AfD is trailing. This is based on infratest dimap’s BrandenburgTrend, which was commissioned by the rbb magazine “Brandenburg aktuell” and Antenne Brandenburg.
If the Bundestag election were held this Sunday, the SPD would become the most powerful party in Brandenburg, unlike four years ago. With 29%, it would be ahead of the AfD (18%), CDU (15%), and the Left (12%). (11 percent). The Greens and the FDP would each receive 9% of the vote, according to Infratest dimap. With 4%, the Free Voters in Brandenburg are just shy of the 5% threshold.
Mr. Scholz has the ability to considerably increase his lead. If it were possible, nearly half of the respondents (47 percent) would vote for him directly. This is an increase of from the May survey. “Brinkwire Summary News.”