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The old adage that life is nothing more than a popularity contest is especially true in politics. The tenures of leaders across the political spectrum are defined by the level of support they retain amongst their own parties. So it may cause Sir Keir Starmer some concern that his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, has been showing… Read more »

26 September 2021, Berlin: Olaf Scholz, finance minister and SPD candidate for chancellor, stands with his wife Britta Ernst after the election party at Willy Brandt House. On Sunday evening, after the first projections, Scholz reaffirmed his claim to form a future federal government under the leadership of the Social Democrats. Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/dpa
Slim centre-left win means German coalition talks could last until Christmas

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have gained a slim victory in Germany’s federal elections, beating the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). According to preliminary results, the SPD has secured 25.7% of the vote, while the ruling centre-right CDU/CSU bloc gained 24.1%. The Greens came in third with 14.8% of the ballot, the… Read more »