What changes with the return of the center-left in Germany

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Until recently they were considered moribund, but the victory of the Social Democrats in the legislative elections in Germany shows the rebirth of a party that knew how to silence internal differences and take advantage of the end of the era Angela Merkel.

According to the official results released this Monday (27), the SPD won the elections by a small margin, with 25.7% of the votes against 24.1% of the Union (CDU/CSU), Merkel’s center-right alliance and that has as a candidate for chancellor Armin Laschet.

The de facto leader will be chosen after coalition discussions, but the SPD’s rise to the top is already considered a victory for the party. The SPD had been overshadowed in recent Merkel governments by participating in the ruling coalition.

The oldest party in Germany also managed to retain the prestigious city hall of the capital, Berlin, and won nearly 40% of the vote in regional elections in Mecklenburg, east of the country.

“The SPD celebrates its resurrection,” highlights Der Spiegel magazine.

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The SPD has come a long way. Twelve months ago, polls indicated that the party had less than 15% of voting intentions.

“Many analysts considered him more or less finished and that he would go into opposition to heal his wounds,” says Sudha David-Wilp, a political scientist at the German Marshall Fund research center in Berlin.