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Today is the election day for the upcoming Bundestag in Germany. After 16 years as chancellor, Angela Merkel will go into her earned retirement. But that leaves the question for who to follow into her footsteps. Over the last months, the 3 most promising chancellor candidates competed and did their best to promote their party and their capability for chancellery and representing Germany internationally. The candidates are (ranked by current trends):

Olaf Scholz, SPD (Social Democratic Party)

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Armin Laschet, CDU (Christian Democratic Union)

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Annalena Baerbock, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the Green Party)

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Polling stations opened nation-wide at 8am (roughly an hour ago) and eligible voters have the chance to vote until 6pm CEST (in roughly 9 hours). Due the ongoing pandemic, the postal votes reached an all time high.

 

Once polling stations close, I will update the OP with the results.

 

To the Germans: Did you already vote? If not, do you know who to vote for?

To the non-Germans: Who do think will win? And who do you hope for? In the end, you will see one of the 3 above in the next (at least) 4 years representing Germany and talking with other heads of states.

 

EDIT 6.05pm:

Polling stations just closed and here is the forecast:

CDU/CSU - 25%

SPD - 25%

AfD - 11%

FDP - 11%

Die Linke - 5%

Bündnis 90/Die Grünen - 15%

Others - 8%

I hope CDU doesn't come through :ohno:

EDIT: Here's the latest extrapolation from around 1am

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EDIT: These are the preliminary results at around 5 to 7am (the opaque bars are the results of the 2017 election)

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SPD and Grüne coming through :bradley: - CDU needs to take several seats now :bye: .

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Good luck to everyone from Germany. Hopefully it all goes well. :runhug:

The only thing I know about German political parties is sadly the Afd because of that cringey Megan Trainor video. Glad to see they aren't among the popular ones. 

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2 minutes ago, Noah said:

Voted just a few minutes ago! 

I'm gonna go around 2pm :legend:

21 minutes ago, Fantina said:

Good luck to everyone from Germany. Hopefully it all goes well. :runhug:

The only thing I know about German political parties is sadly the Afd because of that cringey Megan Trainor video. Glad to see they aren't among the popular ones. 

Megan Trainor? What did I miss? :gum:

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7 minutes ago, TheSlash said:

I'm gonna go around 2pm :legend:

Megan Trainor? What did I miss? :gum:

All I know is that a while ago someone made a All About That Bass parody of the Afd and their leader ( it was a woman can't remember the name). :ladyhaha:

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i will vote after lunch... but to be honest... i still don't know who i want to. ore for. 

but i will. 

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Just now, Ororo Munroe said:

Who are we rooting for, Germans? :party:

Greens & SPD in hope to get them to reach a majority together, it’s tight.

 

But in general everyone but AfD (they are a right wing nationalist party and no other party wants to work with them, so every percent they achieve is a lost one) and the CDU (christian democratic party) because they were the strongest party in Germany for 16 years, so they governed for almost 2 decades and they play a strong part in why we stand where we stand socially and regarding climate change. 

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Ich hoffe, die CDU geht endlich in die Opposition. 16 Jahre haben sie das Gesundheitswesen kaputt gespart, nichts fürs Klima gemacht und sich gegen Gleichberechtigung eingesetzt. Time is up :fthis:

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15 minutes ago, Fantina said:

All I know is that a while ago someone made a All About That Bass parody of the Afd and their leader ( it was a woman can't remember the name). :ladyhaha:

Fun fact, said leader (Frauke Petry) actually left the party since then.

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I‘m going to vote later this day. I won’t give my voice to any of those 3 tho

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1 minute ago, Zeitgeist said:

Ich hoffe, die CDU geht endlich in die Opposition. 16 Jahre haben sie das Gesundheitswesen kaputt gespart, nichts fürs Klima gemacht und sich gegen Gleichberechtigung eingesetzt. Time is up :fthis:

Exakt. Die CDU redet davon, dass es eine Richtungsentscheidung ist, und stehen bleiben und alles wichtige blockieren, selbst wenn die eigene Kanzlerin dafür plädiert, ist weder ein Schritt nach vorne, noch ein Schritt zurück.

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Just came back from voting, but I'm not hopeful for a long needed change. It going end with a grand coalition anyway.

But I don't care much for what happens in Berlin anymore at all.

I'm rooting for my local green candidate who is doing really great work and is pretty much the only politician I know who not just talks, but actually changes stuff. I once wrote to him once because trains stopped less frequently at my station for no reason. He put in a request asap and a month later we had our hourly stops back:tony:

 

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