On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives will vow “a decade of modernization” in an election campaign aimed at fending off the Green Party’s dwindling challenge.
The manifesto will contradict the Greens’ offer of a “new beginning” and show the conservatives uniting following a fractious debate over who should be their candidate to succeed Merkel, who will step down as chancellor after the federal election on Sept. 26.
Armin Laschet, the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), who is now the frontrunner for chancellor, expects that the agenda would help the conservatives maintain their recent polling advantage over the Greens and clinch victory in September.
“For Laschet, winning isn’t enough. To prevent the Greens from creating an alternative coalition, the CDU/CSU must outperform them by a large margin “Teneo, a political risk consultancyCarsten ,’s Nickel stated.
After choosing Annalena Baerbock, 40, as their candidate for chancellor, the Greens raced ahead of the Conservatives in late April, with her promise of change capturing voters’ imagination.
However, since then, the Greens have suffered a defeat in regional elections, criticism over a Christmas bonus payment that Baerbock neglected to notify to parliament, and a suggestion that Germany should equip Ukraine.
The release of the manifesto is an opportunity for the CDU and CSU to show togetherness after Laschet defeated Bavarian Markus Soeder in the campaign for their parties’ joint chancellor candidate in April.
“The Union is always powerful when it is strong. That is something that all parties involved are aware of “According to Breher.
According to the current polls, the CDU/CSU does not have enough support to create a coalition with the FDP, but it does have just enough support to form a coalition with the Greens, or a Greens-led coalition with the SPD and FDP.
“Why would we join forces with the conservatives if we can get the chancellorship?” One Green Party official stated unequivocally that the latter scenario is preferable.