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Greens’ convention – closing the ranks but little new impetus

14. Juni 2021
For the Greens, the goal of leading the next government seems to have become harder to reach over the last couple of weeks as polls suggest a certain disenchantment of the electorate with the party and its frontrunner. We do not expect the just approved election manifesto (more left than centre) to provide them with enough momentum to switch back into offensive mode in the election campaign. Still, the Greens can still regain momentum over the next few months, for example due to a hot summer, the resurgence of climate protests and a public perception that change is a precondition to modernization. [mehr]

Weitere Dokumente zum Thema "Superwahljahr 2021"

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15. März 2021
In yesterday’s regional elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW) and Rhineland-Palatinate (RP), the CDU achieved disappointing results and thus faces a dismal start into this election year. The CDU was up against two extremely popular prime ministers who appeal to voters across the political camps. However, nondescript CDU candidates, allegations around mask procurement deals and growing discontent about pandemic management are behind the heavy defeats. The new CDU party leader Armin Laschet was not able to change the party’s fortunes. Nevertheless, Laschet’s chances for Merkel’s succession remain intact, in our view. While another six months until federal elections is a long time in politics, the state elections serve as a reminder that a conservative-green coalition which is the consensus so far, is not a foregone conclusion. With Merkel’s bonus for the CDU/CSU fading, vaccine problems continuing and the surprising revival of the Liberals, other coalition options for the Greens might open up. [mehr]
10. März 2021
On March 14, regional elections in Baden-Württemberg (BW) and Rhineland-Palatinate (RP) will provide the first electoral test for the parties in the run-up to the federal elections. Polls see the ruling Greens in BW, respectively the SPD in RP in the lead, but uncertainty about the polls is higher this time given the fallout from the pandemic. Additional headwinds for the CDU result from a current political outrage over questionable procurement deals of two CDU/CSU Bundestag MPs. The new CDU party leader Laschet is not up for election but the performance of the CDU will of course be (partly) attributed to him. However, as long as the CDU is not experiencing a severe setback compared to its 2016 results, Laschet’s chances of being nominated as the CDU/CSU chancellor candidate remains intact in our view. [mehr]
19. Februar 2021
Deutsches BIP: Robustes Gesamtjahr 2021, trotz Schwächeanfall in Q1. Der länger als
anfänglich erwartete Lockdown, winterbedingte Verluste in der Bauproduktion und durch die
Lieferprobleme bei Chips verursachte temporäre Produktionsstörungen in der
Automobilindustrie haben uns veranlasst, unsere BIP-Prognose für Q1 auf -2% gg. Vq.
abzusenken (von -0,5%). Wir erwarten aber weiterhin eine deutliche Erholung im
Sommerhalbjahr, die von der kräftigen globalen Nachfrage, der extrem expansiven Geld- und
Fiskalpolitik und nicht zuletzt durch die aufgestaute Konsumnachfrage der deutschen
Haushalte getrieben werden sollte. Nach dem Einbruch um 5% in 2020 dürfte das deutsche BIP
im Jahr 2021 um 4% zulegen. [mehr]
18. Januar 2021
Winning 53% of delegates’ votes, Armin Laschet - the PM of NRW and Merkel loyalist - secured a slim majority in the run-off for the CDU party leadership on Saturday. This does not come as a surprise, as Laschet was widely seen as the candidate with a small lead in a tight race. In the end, having most governing experience and a track record of winning elections probably tipped the scale in favour of Laschet (e.g. the former SPD stronghold NWR in 2017). Being well-connected within the CDU also paid off for him. However, with a mere difference of 55 votes this is no landslide victory, though still a clearer win for the Merkel camp than AKK’s 17-vote win over Merz in 2018. The slim majority is a reflection of the existing divisions within the party, leaving Laschet with the task of bridging those as soon as possible in this decisive super-election year. Norbert Röttgen (coming third in the election) quickly signalled support for Armin Laschet and was elected to the CDU’s steering committee. [mehr]
23. September 2020
The two August mass demonstrations against the corona measures in Berlin attracted wide media attention and rattled the public. Many felt confirmed in their feeling that the corona crisis is driving society further apart. Current surveys, however, show that 80% of Germans firmly support the government and trust in government is at a record high. Rather, the protests go beyond the corona crisis, which might be a door opener for general system criticism. The causes for criticism and uncertainty are more likely ongoing long-term trends such as the loss of western supremacy, demographic change, climate change or digitalisation. [mehr]
9. Juli 2020
With Germany’s rather successful COVID-19 strategy and the recovery and stimulus packages broadly agreed, the question of Merkel’s successor and the next German federal elections in autumn 2021 are gradually getting closer political attention again. Parties are currently not only preparing for the election, but are also arguing about the electoral law: the present law allowed the Bundestag to grow from 598 mandates to the current record size of 709 mandates, with the 2021 election likely to result in an even bigger number of seats. The Bundestag just failed to pass a reform before the summer break and thus in time for the 2021 elections. However, political and public pressure to find a solution is high and will keep the issue on the political agenda. [mehr]
6. Juli 2020
Deutschland hat die Corona-Pandemie rascher unter Kontrolle gebracht als viele andere Länder. Die Pandemie-bedingten Schäden für die Wirtschaft haben zu einer Kehrtwende in der Fiskalpolitik geführt, aufgrund derer Deutschland die Krise wohl besser überstehen wird als andere Länder – auch wenn die Auswirkungen nichtsdestotrotz beträchtlich sein dürften. Zu dieser deutlich höheren Krisenresilienz haben unseres Erachtens sechs strukturelle Eigenschaften der deutschen Gesellschaft beigetragen. Aufgrund dieser Krisenresilienz dürfte Deutschland nach der Überwindung der Corona-Pandemie eine bessere Position unter den wichtigen Industrieländern einnehmen. Damit dürfte der Druck auf Deutschland bestehen bleiben, auch auf mittlere Sicht großes (finanzielles) Engagement innerhalb der EWU/EU zu zeigen. [mehr]