Armin Laschet is the chairman of the CDU and a candidate for chancellor of Germany. Following the announcement of the exit poll results, he has a chance – just like the SPD candidate Olaf Scholz – to become the next German chancellor. If the Bundestag supports his candidacy, it will replace Angela Merkel as chancellor of our western neighbor. Who is Armin Laschet?
Full exit poll results announced at 18. are as follows:
SPD – 25 percent;
CDU / CSU – 25 percent;
Greens – 15 percent;
FDP – 11 percent;
AFD – 11 percent;
Left – 5 percent.
These are the results of an exit poll conducted for ARD television. Other polls give the SPD a slight advantage.
In Sunday’s Bundestag elections, Germany cast votes in around 60,000 polling stations. The elections lasted from 8 am to 6 pm. According to preliminary exit poll results, The SPD got 25 percent of the vote, and the CDU / CSU union also got 25 percent.
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Armin Laschet is the CDU / CSU candidate for chancellor of Germany. He comes from Aachen, he was born there in 1961. He studied law and political science at universities in Bonn and Munich. In 1987, he passed the state legal exam. Later, he worked in journalism, working in the Bavarian media.
Armin Laschet became involved in political activity in the CDU as early as 1979, when he was still a teenager. In 1991, he became vice president of the party in Aachen. In the years 1994-1998 he was a member of the Bundestag. Later, from 1999 to 2005, he was an MEP.
He resigned from his post in Brussels in favor of the minister for Generation, Family, Women and Integration in the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. He held this position for five years, after which he won a seat in the parliament of this state. He climbed the ranks, in 2017 he became the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Earlier this year, Laschet won the elections for the chairman of the CDU. He won 521 out of 1,001 votes at the party congress.
“The 60-year-old breathes more with Helmut Kohl’s tradition”
In the text devoted to the candidate of the Christian Democrats for the chancellor of Germany, the daily “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” wrote:
“If there was an agency where candidates for chancellor could be ordered, the CDU / CSU Union would probably have worded its order this way: after an East German woman it could be a West German man. A liberal, cosmopolitan party colleague for whom the Christian roots of his party are more than just a letter in the name, which at the same time has a hard hand in terms of internal security, which takes into account the requirements of climate policy as well as those relating to the economy. Experience in foreign policy would be desirable, and a necessary condition would be a strong presence on the European stage. He should have experience in governing ” . “It all fits with Laschet,” the newspaper said.
The portal RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland wrote that “the 60-year-old breathes more the tradition of Helmut Kohl, the Catholic Church, the old male CDU clique than the more recent history of the Protestant Merkel from the GDR.”
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The laugh that ruined the campaign
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung notes that “initially it seemed that the Bundestag campaign was going quite well for Laschet.”
In the CDU / CSU polls, it was far ahead of the SPD until the summer. There was a “Lascheta habituation effect”. People thought “none of the three candidates really convinces us, but Laschet is likely to be the next chancellor.” However, most of the respondents did not know Laschet at all and therefore could not associate any characteristics with the CDU / CSU candidate for chancellor.
It therefore proved devastating when “in the midst of an early stage of nationwide image building,” Laschet “laughed heartily during his visit to the flood plains in July” as German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke about the victims.
– I was on the road all day, there were meetings that really shocked me. These few seconds bother me all the more – explained Laschet afterwards. – It was inappropriate, it is not fair to laugh at such a moment – he emphasized, adding that “he is sincerely sorry and wants to express his regret with all his might.”
“If anything really ruined his chances of becoming chancellor, it was that laugh,” wrote the RND portal.
However, after the exit poll results have been announced, it turns out that Armin Laschet still has a chance to become chancellor. If the Bundestag supports his candidacy, it will replace Angela Merkel as chancellor of our western neighbor.
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