‘Vote of the Century’ in Germany | Thunberg calls for climate and Merkel for “stability”

(Munich) Two days before the elections, Angela Merkel on Friday appealed in favor of her dolphin Armin Laschet, guarantor of “stability”, while tens of thousands of young people, led by Greta Thunberg, demonstrated across Germany in favor of real change. in climate policy.

Pauline Court with Isabelle Le Page in Berlin and Leo Beierard in Cologne
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“For Germany to remain stable, Armin Laschet must become federal chancellor,” the chancellor declared during her party’s electoral assembly in Munich, Bavaria, ahead of Sunday’s elections that heralded a close duel between SPD candidate Olaf Schulz and his right. Wing competitor.

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) leads with about 25% of voting intentions, followed by the conservative camp (CDU/CSU), which receives 21% and 23% of the vote.

Withdrew from the campaign, the chancellor no longer spared her efforts to support the leader of her party, weakened by his unpopularity and his missteps.

She will be with him on Saturday for the final meeting in Armin Laschet’s stronghold in Aachen.

“The question of who rules Germany is not without importance,” said the man who has headed Europe’s largest economy since 2005.

She again warned of the scenario of the victory of the candidate of the Social Democratic Party and the shift of the helm of leadership to the left in the event of an alliance between the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and the Radical Left Party, Die Link. However, it is one of the least likely coalitions among a wide range of possibilities to form a majority.

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Earlier, tens of thousands of conservationists, led by Greta Thunberg, demonstrated urging candidates to do more for the climate.

“We must continue to take to the streets and demand that our leaders take concrete action in favor of the climate,” the young Swedish activist called out to a crowd of protesters demonstrating in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, where German MPs are seated.

According to the organizers, the “climate strike” called by young Germans mobilized more than 620,000 people on Friday in about 470 cities in the country.

‘Political parties are not doing enough’ for the climate Greta Thunberg lamented as protesters, mostly teenagers and families, waved placards and placards reading “Earth Fever” or “Stop Coal”.

Mobilizing his supporters in Cologne, in the west of the country, SPD candidate Olaf Scholz promised him “the renewal” after four terms and 16 years in power for Angela Merkel, in which he has been finance minister since 2018.

“Climate change is a major global catastrophe and that is why the young people who say today that something must be done now are right. This is what we Social Democrats will do,” emphasized this centrist, who used his experience as a manager, imitating Angela Merkel, in his election campaign.

‘Century’ vote

In Germany that is engaged in a costly energy change, the legislative elections appear to be the vote of the century that can speed up that transition, Luisa Neubauer, head of the Fridays for Future movement in Germany, told AFP.

Motivated by voters’ concerns about the climate, the Greens must play a central role in future government.

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Their candidate, Annalina Barbouk, according to opinion polls, will receive 15% of the vote, occupying third place, ahead of the Liberal Party (12%).

In their election platforms, the three main candidates have made environmental protection one of their priorities for the next four years, and pledged to work to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

During the election campaign in mid-July, experts said, Germany was hit by deadly floods that left more than 180 people dead in the west of the country, which is directly linked to climate change.

The goal of climate neutrality is the consensus between the German parties, as well as the development of renewable energies. But the time and means to achieve this are debated between the left that supports major state intervention and the right that depends on the private sector.

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