The SPD’s crazy race to catch up: The Scholz train is rolling – all the way to the Chancellery?

The SPD’s crazy race to catch up: The Scholz train is rolling – all the way to the Chancellery?

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The SPD’s crazy race to catch up: The Scholz train is rolling – all the way to the Chancellery?

Updated: 08/18/202118:30

  • OfGeorg Anastasiadis

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Scholz steals the show from everyone. Not only Laschet and Baerbock rub their eyes, the supposedly secret SPD leader Kühnert may also have to change his career plans. A comment.

Munich – Scholz gives the Schulz, only the other way around: the closer the election day approaches, the higher the approval ratings for the SPD candidate for chancellor climb. And, that’s new: for the first time, the supposedly brittle Hanseatic is also pulling his long-seeming party up with him. In the CDU election campaign headquarters, all alarm sirens have to go off, after all, postal votes have already started in some places.

If the current mood continued for a while, Olaf Scholz could choose who he would like to be elected Chancellor in the new Bundestag. From the Greens and the Left. Or from the Greens and the FDP. By threatening to rule with the ex-communists if necessary, Scholz could force the liberals, who would actually much rather form a coalition with Armin Laschet and the CDU, to join a traffic light alliance led by the comrades. This puts the SPD in a confused position, which currently allows five different three-party coalitions (Jamaica, Germany coalition, Kenya, traffic lights, red-red-green), in a strategically strong position. And presents the voters with a tricky brain teaser.

SPD remains a surprise bag for voters: Scholz policy or Kühnert Esken republic?

Not only in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus, where one thought to roll into the chancellery in the sleeping car, some now rub their eyes in amazement. Ex-Juso boss Kühnert, who seemed to have been set as the new SPD ruler, also has to rethink. Even if Scholz does not become Chancellor in the end, the strengthened party left will not be able to push the SPD vote magnet aside after the election as easily as hoped. For the voters, the SPD remains a surprise bag: Whoever ticks it does not know whether he will get Scholz politics after election night. Or whether he wakes up in the Kühnert Esken republic, which has turned sharply to the left. It is this concern that could slow down the Scholz train for the last few meters.

A comment by Georg Anastasiadis