Bundestag election: Union falls to historically poor value in the poll

Dhe downward slide of the CDU and CSU will not end for the time being. In the opinion trend of the Insa Institute on behalf of the “Bild” newspaper, the Union is only 19.5 percent (minus 1.5 points). A historic low. The SPD, however, can increase and comes to 28.5 percent (plus 0.5).

The Greens improve by 0.5 percentage points to 16 percent. The FDP increased one percentage point and reached 14.5 percent. The AfD is eleven percent (plus one percentage point). The left lands at four percent (minus 0.5).

“A traffic light alliance is currently nine points ahead of a Jamaica coalition,” says Insa boss Herrmann Binkert to “Bild”. “This mood speaks in favor of a government mandate from the traffic light parties.”

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8:57 p.m. – Meeting marathon with three-way explorations in Berlin

A good two weeks after the election to the Berlin House of Representatives, the three-way explorations started with a marathon session. The negotiators from the SPD, Greens and FDP talked about seven and a half hours about a possible formation of a government. In the run-up, the planned duration of about five hours had been mentioned. A meeting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left will follow on Tuesday – the three parties have governed together since 2016.

After the meeting in the SPD regional office, those involved did not want to say anything substantial and referred to the agreed confidentiality. The SPD state chairwoman and mayor-designate Franziska Giffey only spoke of “good talks”, while the top candidate for the Green Party, Bettina Jarasch, of “extremely intensive talks”. FDP representatives held back with such assessments.

7:17 p.m. – traffic light explorers “call it a day”

The SPD, Greens and FDP spoke to each other for ten hours today. In the evening after the explorations there are no press statements, the negotiators pass the journalists, and the talks will continue on Tuesday. According to a Bloomberg reporter, FDP boss Christian Lindner only said “after work”.

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6:05 p.m. – Strobl for a team solution in the case of a personnel reorganization of the CDU

The deputy CDU chairman Thomas Strobl is promoting a team solution at the top of the party in view of the imminent realignment. “As a CDU and as a Union, we are strong when we act as a team – when we pull together and in the same direction,” he said after the deliberations of the CDU leadership in Berlin. After the federal election it was “very clear that there can be no more like this. We have to add change, renewal and change firmly to our foundation. “Strob added:” That is expressed in people’s minds, of course also in content and structures. “

4:59 p.m. – Günther supports the new election of the entire CDU federal executive committee

Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) welcomes the planned re-election of the entire CDU leadership. “It is the right signal for the reorganization to elect not just the federal chairman, but the entire federal executive board,” said Günther, who is also the CDU state chairman. “The federal party congress responsible for this should take place this year if possible.” The meetings of the Presidium and the Federal Executive Committee on Monday were shaped by the desire to gain new strength with a sense of community.

2:25 p.m. – CDU wants to re-elect the entire party executive

The CDU wants to redefine its leadership by the beginning of next year. A party congress will re-elect the entire federal board of the party around the end of the year, said General Secretary Paul Ziemiak after meetings of the CDU presidium and the federal board on Monday. The exact date for the party congress and a possible member survey about the future CDU leadership should therefore be decided at the beginning of November.

1.35 p.m. – “The party of Adenauer, Kohl and Merkel does not wait like a dog in front of the door”

Armin Laschet is facing headwinds from the party base: Peter Mair, Berlin CDU candidate for the House of Representatives, severely criticized Laschet after an email to all CDU members. “This level of denial of reality and indignity is no longer bearable,” wrote Mair Twitter.

The chairman of a CDU local association literally took Laschet and his statements apart. The party chairman wrote that they wanted to be available as a coalition partner “until the last second of the formation of a government”. “The big CDU, party of Adenauer, Kohl and Merkel does not wait like a dog in front of the door to see if something still falls away. Who are we? ”Mair wrote.

At the same time, he criticizes the political style of Laschet and the CDU leadership, who have already complained about a “traffic light at a standstill”. “As patriots, we wish the next government success,” says Mair. The CDU and CSU are now responsible for hard opposition work. In addition, Mair demands a personal apology from Laschet for the election result and a membership decision on the new party leadership.

10:41 am – Meuthen announces withdrawal

The long-time AfD co-chairman Jörg Meuthen no longer wants to run for the top position in the new election of the party executive in December. That emerges from a circular that he sent to the members of the party on Monday. He confirmed the decision to WELT.

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10:04 am – traffic light sounding: Green youth skeptical

The co-federal spokesman for the Green Youth, Timon Dzienus, was skeptical about the prospects of success of the explorations. In particular with the FDP there are significant differences, he told the RTL / ntv show “Frühstart”. “These are just tough chunks with the FDP, where the Greens and the SPD have to assert themselves in many places.” give in very much ”. Dzienus accused the FDP of“ market belief ”on the subject of climate and rents.

9.20 a.m. – SPD, Greens and FDP start traffic light explorations

The leaders of the SPD, Greens and FDP have started their in-depth explorations to form a traffic light coalition. The talks should last until 7 p.m., statements are not planned, according to party circles.

Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock (both Greens) demonstratively came to the exploratory talks together with Volker Wissing and Christian Lindner (both FDP)

Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock (both Greens) demonstratively came to the exploratory talks together with Volker Wissing and Christian Lindner (both FDP)


Shortly before nine o’clock, first SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz and then the heads of the Greens and FDP arrived for the traffic light explorations. The Greens chairmen Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck as well as FDP boss Christian Lindner and FDP general secretary Volker Wissing arrived demonstratively together at Hub 27 on the Berlin exhibition grounds.

8:36 am – Laschet advises in a small group about the further course

CDU leader Armin Laschet met with close confidants before the official start of the meetings of the top bodies of his party. In addition to the Union Chancellor candidate, General Secretary Paul Ziemiak and Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier also took part in the deliberations. Several members of the group drove through the underground car park to the CDU party headquarters. It had been agreed not to disclose – at first no one commented on arrival.

8:20 a.m. – Berlin CDU leader calls for the federal party to be reorganized

The Berlin CDU chairman Kai Wegner calls for a comprehensive new beginning in his party at the federal level. “After the devastating election defeat in the federal government, the CDU must be reorganized in terms of both personnel and content,” Wegner said before committee meetings in Berlin. “In doing so, the impression must never again arise that the moods and opinions of the party base are being ignored.”

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What is needed is a debate about a “new, modern conservatism,” said Wegner. “The CDU has to position itself more broadly again, with all three wings of the party, with young and old, with people from all parts of Germany, and we have to better reflect the diversity of our society.”

7:20 a.m. – Altmaier hopes that other Union politicians will forego their mandate in the Bundestag

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier hopes that after him and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer other politicians in the Union will forego their mandate in the Bundestag. If such an election is lost so badly, there must be consequences, he says “Bild TV”.

The necessary innovation was not carried out with two people. Altmaier is open to a member survey to determine a new party chairman: “It must be possible in the future to get the opinion of our base before such decisions so that you know what you are deciding about.”

06:07 am – FDP confirms “red lines” before “traffic light” soundings

Before the exploratory talks between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP to form a traffic light coalition, the parliamentary manager of the FDP parliamentary group, Marco Buschmann, reaffirmed the liberals’ framework for a possible alliance.

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“The red lines of the FDP are known: no tax increases and no relaxation of the debt brake of our Basic Law,” said Buschmann the “Spiegel”. There are also “other areas of friction”, but all three parties are “ambitious”.

“The discussions have to show whether there is frictional energy for a forward impulse,” he said, according to the magazine. So far everything has been “very serious and professional”. It was clear to everyone involved: “It’s about our country,” said the FDP politician.