The leading candidates are now in what’s charmingly known as the “Elephant round” - a round-table, televised debate broadcast live on public networks ARD and ZDF.
The centre-left SPD’s Olaf Scholz Olaf Scholz said voters had given his party a “very clear mandate” to to lead the next government, adding that he thought there was “good overlap between the SPD and the Greens” but the need to incorprae a third party into the coalition would make things complicated.
September 26, 2021
Party leaders gather for “elephant round” in German to, two hours after close of polls.
Laschet scrambles to argue he can build a coalition despite finishing 2nd
Lindner calls for FDP+Greens to coordinate first. Holds options open pic.twitter.com/kDhjQhp0qn
Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel’s preferred successor as chancellor, said he would be aiming to build a coalition even if his centre-right CDU party finished second. “It hasn’t always been the case that the party in first place provides the chancellor,” he said.
Laschet said the country’s next chancellor in Germany would have to “bring together different factions” in parliament, adding that he felt a coalition between the CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and the FDP would work better than one between the SPD and th same two parties.
The Greens’ leader, Annalena Baerbock, the party would play a full part in all exploratory talks. “We want to lead the country but we still have a clear mandate for the Green party to implement what we want to do in the next government,” she said.