On Sunday, September 26th Europe’s largest economy, Germany, held a historic election. While the results have yet to be finalized it is projected that the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) received a plurality of the vote with 26%, ahead of their main rival the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) at 24.5%.
Assuming the outcome stands it will be significant considering the SPD hasn’t been in a position to form a governing coalition since 2005, and it is the worst performance by the CDU/CSU in several decades.
What is the importance of an SPD victory?
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German elections: Centre left take narrow lead in tight vote
September 26, 2021 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58698806
German election results 2021: live results and possible coalitions
SPD edges ahead of Merkel’s CDU in end-of-era German election
Germany Elections: Social Democrats hold narrow lead in exit polling
News Articles (Analysis):
Few fireworks but German election set to deliver a tight finish
August 29, 2021 https://www.ft.com/content/88c7d3fe-75bc-4580-970b-ae2eb2b1d239
Russia sows distrust on social media ahead of German election
Opinion: Move over grand coalition — Germany wants change
Who’s who in Germany’s historic election
Writing: What is the significance of Germany’s recent election?
Debate: How should the international community combat misinformation?
Poll: Who is the world’s most powerful female leader now that Angela Merkel is stepping down?
Short Answer: What are the ramifications if Germany is unable to form a coalition government?
Critics of Olaf Scholz believe that his socialist policies will hurt the economy. (T/F)
Angela Merkel has served as Chancellor of Germany for 16 years. (T/F)
China has created polarization among the German people through misinformation about the effectiveness of COVID-19 measures . (T/F)
Which of the following German political parties is conservative?
d. The Left
Which German political party reportedly won a plurality of the vote?
Which of the following issues will the new German chancellor NOT have to combat?
a. Combating the pandemic.
b. A fuel shortage.
c. Climate change.
d. A changing economy.