Bundestag election 2021

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(Latest update: 17 October 2021) After Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her voluntary retirement from office after 16 years and that with approval ratings that other heads of government may only wish for, the CDU suffered a severe setback with a drop in votes of 9% compared to the 2017 federal election. The Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet got the worst election result of the party of all time and he owes that to himself. After many years in government responsibility, it would certainly not be bad for the CDU not to work in this role for a while, but instead to be a opposition party in order to reorganize itself and counteract incrustations and obvious nepotism.


It is also bitter that Hitler‘s NSDAP heirs from the Afd and Honecker‘s SED heirs from Die Linke together achieved 16%, even if the two associations performed significantly worse at the federal level than in the 2017 federal elections. Like in 2017, both parties performed much better in East Germany then in overall Germany, with the AfD being the driving force in Saxony, with around 25% of the votes.


The SPD was able to achieve a historically good result with Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, from which the claim to form a government is derived. In view of the election results of the other parties, it is at least questionable whether this will succeed.


The Greens were able to increase the results compared to 2017, but performed well below their survey peaks. Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock admitted her own mistakes and general mistakes during the election campaign on election evening. It already seems to be clear that the formation of a government will hardly be possible without the Greens.

The FDP has improved from the #FastDreiProzent party (#NearlyThreePercent party) to just under 12%, although it is still unclear why that happened. Probably not because of the rather mediocre election program.

Due to the high number of postal votes, the official final result of the election is expected for Monday, 27 September 2021. Then there will be corresponding graphical evaluations in this article available that are currently changing every minute. It is already clear that the formation of a government coalition will once again become a theatrical drama on the big political stage.

The voter turnout increased slightly by 0.4% to 76.6% compared to 2017, which reflects the importance of this election. At the same time, it becomes clear that the fringe parties on the right and the left largely only benefit from poor voter turnout. Amazingly, Donald Trump has not yet spoken up because he is of the opinion that he has clearly won the federal elections and everything else could only be electoral fraud. Until a new government is confirmed by the Bundestag, Chancellor Merkel and her ministers will of course and thankfully remain in office.

Media reports for the Federal Parliament election 2021:
The Washington Post, 20 September 2021: What you need to know about Germany’s election, Khaleej Times, 20 September 2021: Europe and the world need a steady hand in Germany, CNN, 22 September 2021: Germany’s election will decide what life after Merkel looks like. Here’s what you need to know, DW, 23 September 2021: German election basics: From the vote to replacing Angela Merkel, CNN, 23 September 2021: Angela Merkel saw Germans through crisis after crisis. Now they wonder who’ll fill the void, The New York Times, 24 September 2021: Germany After Angela Merkel, DW, 24 September 2021: UN General Assembly: Germany struggles to define its place in the world, The Guardian, 24 September 2021: Germany: Election too close to call as polls find SPD has lost its lead, Politico.eu, 24 September 2021: German parties make final push in tight contest to succeed Merkel, The Economist, 24 September 2021: German election diary: Laschet’s hope; avian alarm; your TV guide, The Guardian, 24 September 2021: The Guardian view on Europe’s centre-left: new grounds for optimism, Politico.com, 25 September 2021: Being a Woman in German Politics Still Isn’t Easy. Annalena Baerbock’s Rise and Fall Shows Why., Times of Israel, 25 September 2021: After Merkel: Antisemitism and Israel ties on Jewish minds as Germany votes, NPR, 25 September 2021: Germans Head To The Polls To Decide Who Will Succeed Angela Merkel, Politico.eu, 25 September 2021: German election: The essential guide, Irish Times, 25 September 2021: Germany votes: The election that could change Europe’s future, CNN, 25 September 2021: Germany is the biggest economy in Europe. What if it shifts left?, BBC, 25 September 2021: Germany elections: Merkel backs ‘bridge-builder’ Laschet as successor, France24, 25 September 2021: Could far-left Die Linke become part of next German government?, DW, 25 September 2021: German election: The party programs, Politico.eu, 25 September 2021: Germany can no longer avoid its responsibility to European defense, BBC, 25 September 2021: German frontrunner Olaf Scholz: ‘EU and UK will have to work together as friends’, DW, 26 September 2021: Projections give Social Democrats narrow election lead, France24, 26 September 2021: Live: SPD makes strong gains in Germany as CDU marks worst election result post-war, BBC, 26 September 2021: German rivals neck and neck to succeed Merkel, The Sunday Times, 26 September 2021: Macron has a golden chance to switch axis of the EU from Berlin to Paris, DW, 26 September 2021: Germany votes: Big gains for center-left parties, heavy losses for conservatives — live updates, CNN, 26 September 2021: Center-left SPD has slight lead in Germany: exit poll, The Sunday Times, 26 September 2021: Exit poll puts Scholz and Laschet neck and neck, Irish Times, 26 September 2021: Germany tilts towards centre-left victory as SPD edges ahead in election, The Guardian, 26 September 2021: German election SPD in wafer-thin lead as results come in, Politico.eu, 26 September 2021: Live blog: German election too close to call, exit polls show, Haaretz, 26 September 2021: A Gay ex-IDF Soldier Is Running for German Parliament — for the Far-right, Jerusalem Post, 26 September 2021: German elections have some Jewish officials in the country worried, Al Arabiya, 26 September 2021: German CDU/CSU conservatives, Social Democrat tied in national election: Exit poll, The New York Times, 26 September 2021: German Election Results Hint at Messier Politics After Angela Merkel, The Hill, 26 September 2021: Social Democrats win German election, beating Merkel’s conservatives, NPR, 26 September 2021: Social Democrats Beat Merkel’s Bloc In German Elections, DW, 27 September 2021: German election 2021: Both CDU and SPD aim to form coalitions — live updates, The National, 27 September 2021: Germany’s SPD takes narrow lead in post-Merkel election, DW, 27 September 2021: International media reacts to German election results, France24, 27 September 2021: Germans reject political extremes as centre-left SPD takes the lead, DW, 27 September 2021: German business leaders react to election result, The Guardian, 27 September 2021: EU reaction: Brussels expects poll results to mark German change of direction, France24, 27 September 2021: Live: What will Germany’s post-Merkel government look like?, DW, 27 September 2021: German election 2021: How world leaders reacted, BBC, 27 September 2021: Germany elections: Centre-left claim narrow win over Merkel’s party, The Times, 27 September 2021: German frontrunner woos Greens for three-party coalition, CNN, 27 September 2021: Key takeaways from Germany’s historic election, The Guardian, 27 September 2021: German election 2021: SPD intends to form coalition with Greens and liberals, Politico.eu, 27 September 2021: Germany’s coalition bazaar opens for business, The Times, 27 September 2021: Scholz or Laschet: Who will be the next chancellor?, Politico.eu, 27 September 2021: Election leaves Germany in limbo, Times of Israel, 27 September 2021: Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote, The Atlantic, 27 September 2021: How Clinton’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Taught Germany a Lesson, The Times, 28 September 2021: Green and liberal kingmakers set terms for possible deal, Politico.eu, 28 September 2021: After historic loss, Germany’s Armin Laschet begins to accept the inevitable, The Times, 28 September 2021: ‘Bad loser’ Laschet told to accept defeat as rivals seek early coalition talks, The Guardian, 28 September 2021: German election: How coalition wrangling could affect Cop26 mood, DW, 28 September 2021: Germany’s election results: Facts and figures, France24, 28 September 2021: Focus shifts to Germany’s Green and liberal kingmakers after SPD tops polls, Arab News, 29 September 2021: Merkel ‘has congratulated Scholz on his election win’, DW, 29 September 2021: German election: Greens and FDP meet for preliminary two-way talks, The Times, 29 September 2021: Merkel’s successor Armin Laschet urged to quit after dismal election, DW, 29 September 2021: New German government must focus on central Europe, BBC, 29 September 2021: German coalition talks: Where Brits see a crisis, Germans find unity, DW, 29 September 2021: Merkel congratulates Scholz on election success, The Guardian, 30 September 2021: This election has forced a generational shift in German politics, Politico.eu, 30 September 2021: Where Germany’s Greens and FDP agree — and where they don’t, Der Spiegel, 1 October 2021: The Success of the AfD: Why Is the Right Wing So Strong in Eastern Germany?, The Times, 1 October 2021: German election: Olaf Scholz would turn his back on America as chancellor, warns critic, Khaleej Times, 3 October 2021: Merkel urges compromise at start of tough coalition talks, DW, 3 October 2021: German parties extend coalition talks, Der Spiegel, 4 October 2021: The Global Challenges Facing Germany’s Next Chancellor, Haaretz, 6 October 2021: Why Jews Join the German Far Right (to worship the racist, Islamophobic right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu is somewhat stupid. But digging your own grave by supporting a party whose members are largely anti-Semitic or even deny the Holocaust is a whole other league of stupidity. On the other hand, Hitler’s NSDAP also had Jewish supporters until it was too late for them too), DW, 11 October 2021: How will a new German government shape its relations with the United States?, Jerusalem Post, 13 October 2021: A message to Israelis, Palestinians, Germans about Palestinian statehood – opinion, Politico.eu, 17 October 2021: German Greens vote to start formal coalition talks with SPD, liberals, DW, 17 October 2021: Germany: Green Party agrees to start formal coalition talks.

Media reports Angela Merkel’s voluntary withdrawal at her own request:
The Washington Post, 14 July 2021: Merkel makes last visit as chancellor to White House, Foreign Policy, 15 July 2021: Merkel’s Washington Visit Hints at Challenges Ahead, The New York Times, 19 September 2021: Merkel’s Children: Living Legacies Called Angela, Angie and Sometimes Merkel, Khaleej Times, 20 September 2021: Europe and the world need a steady hand in Germany, The Economist, 20 September 2021: After Merkel, Politico.eu, 21 September 2021: The stain on Merkel’s legacy, The Atlantic, 21 September 2021: The World Won’t Miss Angela Merkel, Politico.eu, 21 September 2021: Missing Merkel already: German CDU loses chancellor’s voter base, The Guardian, 21 September 2021: Brexit made an unlikely hero of Angela Merkel for Britain’s remainers, France24, 22 September 2021: The Merkel era – 16 years at Germany’s helm, DW, 22 September 2021: Germany’s Angela Merkel to leave office with high global rating, The Wall Street Journal, 22 September 2021: Angela Merkel’s International Legacy: Cooler Trans-Atlantic Relations, The Times, 24 September 2021: The Times view on Angela Merkel’s Legacy, Haaretz, 24 September 2021: Angela Merkel – a True Leader and Friend of Israel , France24, 24 September 2021: A tireless crisis manager: The legacy of Angela Merkel, DW, 25 September 2021: Farewell, Frau Merkel, The Times, 25 September 2021: Merkel: I mastered world’s crises, now it’s over to you, DW, 25 September 2021: Germany’s Angela Merkel: What has she achieved for women?, The Sunday Times, 26 September 2021: Merkel’s success rested on reassuring Germans in a changing world, The New York Times, 26 September 2021: As Angela Merkel prepares to step down, she leaves behind a country profoundly changed — and anxious about changing more., The Washington Post, 26 September 2021: Tight exit polls in Germany point to long battle to form government, The National, 26 September 2021: Will Europe miss Merkel?, DW, 27 September 2021: End of an era: A look back at Merkel’s most memorable moments, The New York Times, 27 September 2021: Winner but Not Chancellor, Yet: The Race to Replace Angela Merkel, DW, 27 September 2021: What will Angela Merkel do when she retires?, Arab News, 29 September 2021: Women’s empowerment and the ‘Merkel effect’, Jerusalem Post, 1 October 2021: Angela Merkel deserves the Nobel Prize for Peace, Jerusalem Post, 4 October 2021: The message in Merkel’s swan-song trip to Israel – analysis, France24, 7 October 2021: Merkel meets pope, Draghi in farewell visit to Rome, Reuters, 7 October 2021: Merkel and pope discuss climate change in farewell visit, DW, 9 October 2021: Angela Merkel leaves lasting legacy in Israel, Jerusalem Post, 9 October 2021: Merkel in Israel Sunday for farewell visit, Gulf Times, 10 October 2021: Israel security will remain German priority: Merkel on farewell tour, Al Arabiya, 10 October 2021: Merkel and Israeli PM Bennett differ on key issues of Iran, Palestine, Israel Hayom, 10 October 2021: ‘Israel’s security will always be of central importance to every German government’, Times of Israel, 10 October 2021: Merkel on farewell trip: Israel’s security will always be a priority for Germany, Haaretz, 10 October 2021: While Bennett Smiled With Merkel, Kurz Made Netanyahu Look Bad, The Algemeiner, 10 October 2021: Israel’s ‘True Friend’ Angela Merkel Honored With Female Scientist Fellowship During Farewell Visit, DW, 10 October 2021: Merkel touts Germany-Israel relations at Bennett meeting, The Algemeiner, 10 October 2021: Germany’s Angela Merkel in Israel for Final Visit as Chancellor, Palestine Chronicle, 10 October 2021: In Farewell Visit, Merkel Vows German Commitment to Israel, Arab News, 11 October 2021: Germany’s Merkel tells Israel not to ‘lose sight’ of deal with Palestinians, Times of Israel, 11 October 2021: Bennett said to tell Merkel Israel wants to advance controversial submarine deal, Haaretz, 11 October 2021: Merkel, What About the Submarines?, Politico.eu, 13 October 2021: Merkel joins Castro, Nixon in ranks of China’s ‘old friends’, DW, 13 October 2021: Germany’s Angela Merkel holds farewell call with Chinese President Xi, Jerusalem Post, 13 October 2021: A message to Israelis, Palestinians, Germans about Palestinian statehood – opinion, Foreign Policy, 15 October 2021: There’s a Merkel-Sized Hole in European Conservatism, DW, 16 October 2021: Merkel meets Erdogan during farewell stop in Istanbul.






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