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How politicians reacted after exit polls from Germany's election

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How politicians reacted after exit polls from Germany's election
How politicians reacted after exit polls from Germany's election   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BERLIN</span> – Reactions from senior German politicians and others after exit polls from Sunday’s national election showed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats virtually tied.:</p> <p><span class="caps">OLAF</span> <span class="caps">SCHOLZ</span>, <span class="caps">SPD</span> <span class="caps">CANDIDATE</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">CHANCELLOR</span></p> <p>“This is going to be a long election evening, that is certain. But it is also certain that many put their cross by the <span class="caps">SPD</span> because they want the next Chancellor of Germany to be called Olaf Scholz.</p> <p>“Lets wait for the final result, and then we’ll get to work.”</p> <p>“We are ahead in all the surveys now,” Scholz later said in a round table discussion with other candidates after the vote.</p> <p>“It is an encouraging message and a clear mandate to make sure that we get a good, pragmatic government for Germany.” </p> <p><span class="caps">ARMIN</span> <span class="caps">LASCHET</span>, <span class="caps">CONSERVATIVE</span> <span class="caps">CANDIDATE</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">CHANCELLOR</span></p> <p>“It was clear to us that without incumbent’s bonus it would be a more open, a tighter and a tougher election campaign. This is a neck and neck race.</p> <p>“We will do everything to form a conservative-led government, because Germany needs a future-oriented coalition that modernizes our country.</p> <p>“This is not about getting an arithmetic majority but bringing together different political positions to make a coalition. I am ready for that. I want (a coalition) in which every partner is visible.”</p> <p><span class="caps">JOE</span> <span class="caps">BIDEN</span>, U.S. <span class="caps">PRESIDENT</span>, ON <span class="caps">BEING</span> <span class="caps">TOLD</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">SPD</span> <span class="caps">WERE</span> <span class="caps">AHEAD</span> IN <span class="caps">POLLS</span>:</p> <p>“I’ll be darned… They’re solid.”</p> <p><span class="caps">HUBERTUS</span> <span class="caps">HEIL</span>, <span class="caps">SPD</span> <span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">MINISTER</span>:</p> <p>“This is a spectacular success. This demonstrates citizens’ faith in Olaf Scholz… The <span class="caps">SPD</span> is back, we are in our place again.”</p> <p><span class="caps">ANNALENA</span> <span class="caps">BAERBOCK</span>, <span class="caps">GREENS</span> <span class="caps">CANDIDATE</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">CHANCELLOR</span></p> <p>“We wanted more. We didn’t manage that, partly because of mistakes at the start of the campaign – mistakes I made.</p> <p>“It makes sense that different parties talk to each other in different combinations.</p> <p>“We were elected by very many young people in this country. Among them we are the clear leading force.</p> <p>“We need massive investment in our country. Our suggestion is to expand debt break with an investment rule so that investment can take place.”</p> <p><span class="caps">CHRISTIAN</span> <span class="caps">LINDNER</span>, <span class="caps">FREE</span> <span class="caps">DEMOCRAT</span> <span class="caps">LEADER</span></p> <p>“The election result is not easy to read. None of the former popular parties has more than 25-26% of the vote. So 75% of Germans didn’t vote for the party that will provide the next chancellor. Perhaps the Greens and the <span class="caps">FDP</span> should talk to each other first.</p> <p>“The biggest policy overlap is between the conservative bloc and the <span class="caps">FDP</span>. For us, the ideas of tax hikes, of softening the debt brake are not acceptable.”</p> <p><span class="caps">PAUL</span> <span class="caps">ZIEMIAK</span>, <span class="caps">CHRISTIAN</span> <span class="caps">DEMOCRAT</span> <span class="caps">GENERAL</span> <span class="caps">SECRETARY</span>: </p> <p>“That hurts… It’s clear: the losses are raw, they are bitter. But we have a credo in the <span class="caps">CDU</span> – first the country, then the party. According to the numbers we have now there is a possibility for a future-oriented coalition of <span class="caps">CDU</span>/CSU, <span class="caps">FDP</span> and Green that stands for stability, security and climate protection.”</p> <p><span class="caps">JULIAN</span> <span class="caps">REICHELT</span>, <span class="caps">EDITOR</span> OF <span class="caps">BILD</span>, <span class="caps">GERMANY</span>’S <span class="caps">TOP</span>-<span class="caps">SELLING</span> <span class="caps">NEWSPAPER</span>:</p> <p>“(Chancellor candidate) Armin Laschet is standing there with a result that is a historic catastrophe for the <span class="caps">CDU</span>.”</p> <p/> </div>