Chancellor candidacy: Why the SPD opted for Olaf Scholz

The SPD draws with Olaf Scholz as a candidate for Chancellor in the Bundestag election campaign. That seems simultaneously obvious and surprising. Obvious, beca

Chancellor candidacy: Why the SPD opted for Olaf Scholz

The SPD draws with Olaf Scholz as a candidate for Chancellor in the Bundestag election campaign. That seems simultaneously obvious and surprising. Obvious, because in the past few weeks, also Scholz-critics could think of no other Name when they were asked about the candidacy. For a while the Name of the group was a hit for chairmen Rolf around Mützenich. But that was more Hui Buh as a Poltergeist. Because Mützenich was closely involved in the decision-making for Scholz.

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Surprisingly, the choice is, however, because the SPD has since December, a party leadership that wanted to do everything differently – and it is the most obvious Option to choose. Scholz lost the election for party Chairman nearly, but clearly against Saskia esque and Norbert Walter-Borjans. The two won with a Anti-Scholz-program: Anti-government and Anti-Grand coalition. They promised a significant shift to the left party, which also managed to be a good piece. Out of the break with the Union was not to be, is likely to have given the Federal Minister of Finance Scholz some satisfaction. Of the dispute between the party leadership and parliamentary group, it was reported that feared nothing more than early elections, which would have been connected for the SPD, probably with a significantly worse outcome and a significant mandate losses.

Even further away from the centre of Power

Surprisingly, the employment relationship between Scholz and esque/Walter-Borjans, a lurched up soon. Especially in the Corona of a crisis. So many corona, but is actually social-democratic measures were also taken by the Union Ministers on the way that it could for many be a social Democrat, very dizzy. Scholz is no longer stock, meanwhile, is also on the black Zero, which had kept his critics always, and was also evident in the question of whether Europe should make joint debts, movable. As the Protagonist of a Red socks campaign, the conservative is not good social Scholz is a Democrat, nevertheless, when the SPD-top is now announcing an Alliance with Greens and left party. The Corona-crisis, and the hour of the Executive and the Scholz. The party leadership moved even further away from the centre of Power.

Updated Date: 10 August 2020, 09:19

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