Will Olaf Scholz be the next Federal Chancellor? The SPD candidate thinks this is at least “now very achievable”. In the ZDF summer interview, he speaks about the situation of his party.
Potsdam – Olaf Scholz is currently a man filled with hope. The SPD’s candidate for chancellor enjoys high approval ratings in the polls – by far the best of all candidates for chancellor *. At the same time, the Social Democrats managed in the past few weeks to sneak their way up to the Union on the Sunday issue. In a current Insa survey *, the SPD is actually on par with the CDU / CSU. So, after Gerhard Schröder (1998-2005), will a Red move into the Chancellery again? In the ZDF summer interview (Sunday, August 22nd, 7.10 p.m.), the Federal Finance Minister wants to convince the voters of himself.
Scholz in the ARD summer interview: Survey high for SPD, Chancellorship “very accessible”
Scholz thinks the Chancellor’s goal is at least realistic. “A change of government, a departure in Germany is possible. A chancellorship of a social democrat has now become very accessible, ”said the native of Osnabrück on Sunday on the sidelines of a public discussion in Potsdam of the dpa. “For me the survey results * are very touching, because they also conceal a growing approval of the citizens for me as a person.”
Scholz, who in the past rarely spoke about (at that time also much more stubborn) survey results, likes to focus on the current situation these days. “Many people trust me to lead the next government and that is not an easy position,” says the 63-year-old. “In this respect, I am very moved by how many are doing that.” It was “something special to see that approval of the SPD is now also increasing.” The trend is an encouragement to continue the final weeks of the election campaign with great humility.
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35 days before the federal election *, the race for the Chancellery seems open in any case. What makes the SPD happy, annoys the Union. “I’m not in the mood for the opposition,” said CSU boss Söder only on Saturday at the start of the election campaign in Berlin. The CDU / CSU’s permanent subscription to the Chancellery no longer seems to have been set in stone after the Merkel era – also because the Greens are still within striking distance. Even though the SPD is now in front of them in some surveys.
Meanwhile, the current trend promises extremely exciting exploratory talks for the strongest force in the federal election. According to current surveys, only three-party alliances are possible. What does that mean for Germany? A comeback of the Jamaica coalition (Union, Greens, FDP) that failed in 2017, a traffic light * (SPD, Greens, FDP) that was discussed again and again, like in Saxony-Anhalt, a Kenya coalition (Union, SPD, Greens) or a Germany alliance * (Union, SPD, FDP) that is particularly popular in conservative circles?
Scholz in the ZDF summer interview: Critical questions about the climate and Afghanistan?
In any case, the crucial phase of the federal election has begun. Voting by postal vote is already possible. In the last few weeks before September 26th, of course, a lot can still change. If the SPD has its way, however, the positive trend should continue. So that this succeeds, any mistakes should be avoided. Scholz and the SPD are currently doing quite well. Critics are already smugly commenting that the Social Democrats are only that good because the Union and the Greens simply afford more mistakes. *
Scholz, on the other hand, succeeds in keeping attacks small. As a government official, the Federal Minister of Finance was involved in decisions relating to the situation in Afghanistan. On August 10, five days before the Taliban conquered Kabul, Scholz wanted to hold on to deportations to Afghanistan. Scholz also showed himself to be a bit of a brake on climate protection. ZDF presenter Shakuntala Banerjee confronted him with these allegations in an interview. According to ZDF advance notification, Scholz defended himself and did not want to comment on current calls for resignation to the address of his SPD Foreign Minister Heiko Maas *.
Bundestag election: Scholz against Baerbock – direct candidates in the constituency of Potsdam
Meanwhile, one thing is also certain: It was not so long ago that the 22 percent who, according to the latest Insa survey, are for the SPD, triggered deep disillusionment instead of jumps in joy in the Willy Brandt House. The SPD is still heading for its worst result in a federal election. In 2017 the Social Democrats reached 20.5 percent.
Incidentally, Olaf Scholz * is running as a direct candidate in the constituency of Potsdam – including against Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock *. She will also be a guest on public television on Sunday. Baerbock answers questions about the current situation with the Greens in the ARD summer interview. We will keep you up to date. (as) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA