- Title: Germans 'voted for Merkel' in latest election - French minister Beaune
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) FRONT PAGE OF FRENCH NEWSPAPER "LIBERATION" WITH PICTURES OF CHANCELLOR CANDIDATE FOR GERMANY'S SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, OLAF SCHOLZ, AND CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT RIVAL, ARMIN LASCHET, AND READING (French): "GERMAN ELECTIONS - THE BUNDES-WAVE" FRENCH NEWSPAPERS WITH FRONT PAGES ON GERMAN ELECTION FRONT PAGE READING (French/German ): "THE BUNDES-WAVE" FRONT OF FRENCH NEWSPAPER "LE FIGARO" WITH PICTURES OF SCHOLZ AND LASCHET THAT READS (French): "ARM WRESTLING FOR THE CHANCELLERY" FRONTPAGE OF "LES ECHOS NEWSPAPER" HEADLINE ON "LES ECHOS" FRONT PAGE THAT READS (French): "GERMANY: THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT ARE FIGHTING FOR THE VICTORY"
- Embargoed: 11th October 2021 09:19
- Keywords: Clement Beaune EU France Germany election minister reactions
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWHVSQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Germans "in a way" voted for outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's latest election, French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Monday (September 27), on the day after the vote.
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) won 25.7% of the vote on Sunday (September 26), ahead of 24.1% for Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative bloc, according to provisional results. The Greens came in at 14.8% and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were on 11.5%.
"I would say that, in a way, Germans have voted for Angela Merkel," Beaune told French channel France 2, adding that with the top two parties in the election, "the final argument is stability."
The Social Democrats' chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz said on Monday he aimed to build a coalition with the Greens and the FDP, saying Germans had voted to send Merkel's conservatives into opposition after 16 years in power.
The SPD's recovery marks a tentative revival for centre-left parties in parts of Europe, following the election of Democrat Joe Biden as U.S. president in 2020.
Beaune said France will now have to adapt with the new German leadership, noting that the first discussions between the French and German governments should start "from now."
(Production: Ardee Napolitano)
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