Germany : Polls open in the country to select the successor of Angela Merkel
The fight to succeed popular, long-serving chancellor Angela Merkel could barely be tighter as Germans vote in parliamentary elections. The streets of Berlin are hosting the annual marathon, but the biggest race is taking place across the country.
Ahead of the vote, Steinmeier spoke to the UN General Assembly on Friday, promising that Germany would not change whatever the outcome of the election, and would remain a reliable international partner.
Poll projections do not give a clear majority to any one party or a perceived coalition. When no lead party has over 30% of the vote, it becomes more difficult to cajole allies. Therefore, it is likely that after September 26, there will be long drawn-out negotiations for the next government. And though Merkel’s term would have ended, she would remain the Chancellor for a while longer.