German election day: Not so good for Merkel?

Few comments by Ed Turner, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University, as he follows German election in Germany.

At the SPD’s final rally in Bonn this morning (in the same building that the Bad Godesberg conference took place in), Peer Steinbrück was extraordinary energetic. The party faithful are on tenterhooks because Bonn is a highly-contested marginal seat, though most seemed pretty confident that they would hold it, and reported that the mood on the streets was significantly more positive than four years ago.

More generally, on the one hand there’s a feeling that it took a long time for this election campaign to get going – though perhaps the televised debate was a turning point. On the other hand, there is now quite some uncertainty about the outcome, and most people seem to think that, although the CDU will come first, it may not be able to form its preferred coalition with the FDP.

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