The last polls are giving the SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Olaf Scholz, more and more tailwind. He thinks his party can win the election.
Munich – As finance minister, Olaf Scholz * has been trained in how to deal with numbers, and for months he has been repeating the most important calculation over and over again. To become chancellor, says the SPD candidate confidently, 20 percent of the votes were enough – and a three-party alliance. Until recently, however, it sounded like a hopeless mathematician.
In the meantime, it seems that things might actually work out. In the ZDF political barometer, Scholz is once again gaining popularity – he is well ahead of the Union * and Greens * candidates – his party also benefits noticeably. She wins three percentage points and draws level with the Greens. “We can feel a momentum,” says Scholz in an interview with the mirrors. There are still six weeks until the election date on September 26th. “It is quite realistic that the SPD * will win the election.”
SPD Chancellor candidate Scholz does not make any embarrassing mistakes
The complacency is also due to the fact that Scholz’s election campaign plan is working out so far. The internal party dispute has largely fallen silent, the Vice Chancellor acts calmly and – unlike the competition – does not risk embarrassing mistakes. In addition: The party leaders Esken and Walter-Borjans are installed in the Willy-Brandt-Haus and therefore do not disturb the election campaign.
It is well known that she and Scholz are a bad match for each other. in the mirrors The 63-year-old praises the cooperation. It is “close and trusting”, you always talk to each other “very intensively”. Scholz can even imagine both of them in a government office. “In the SPD there are many ministries who take on leadership roles in the parliamentary group or party,” he said, “so do the chairmen, of course.”
Despite all the reverie, one thing is clear: If the SPD should actually become stronger than the Greens on the evening of the Bundestag election *, a third partner would be needed to hoist Scholz into the Chancellery. This is only realistic with the FDP *. In the latest polls, it would be enough for a traffic light from the SPD, Greens and FDP. Scholz, who has not yet spoken out in favor of such an alliance, at least finds points of contact.
Scholz recalls the red and yellow governments under Brandt and Schmidt
There is a long social-liberal tradition in Germany, he emphasizes. Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt both ruled with the FDP, “this time was good for the country”. The sometimes quite different content accents can be bridged from Scholz’s point of view. It always depends on the political will to shape things. The fact that he does not only blame the FDP for the failure of the coalition negotiations in 2017 is also a small hint. The Union and the Greens had “negotiated in pairs and thought that the FPD only needed to sign. That was not wise and no proof of special government skills. ”
In other words: he would do it differently. “I want Ms. Merkel’s job,” says Scholz, and it seems that this also applies to what he sees as the second best election result: “You can become Chancellor even in second place. That has happened quite often in the history of the Federal Republic. ” * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA