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Setting a Trend?

Support for the Greens and the FDP in the 2021 Bundestag Election

Andreas M. Wüst

The 2021 Bundestag election brought an end to the model of grand coalitions that Germany had witnessed in 12 out of the 16 years of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship. While older voters often switched from the Christian Democrats to the Social Democrats, young voters might have set a trend in 2021 by voting for non-governing parties, allowing the Greens and the fdp to enter the new government. Have we witnessed more than a situational switch from the Volksparteien to a new yellow-green alliance, maybe even the rise of a generational cleavage? This article provides empirical evidence for dissatisfaction with the grand coalition government and the quest for change among young voters—a fight against climate change combined with state-centered social policies among Green voters, and a broad liberal program for progress among fdp voters. Yet the reasons that young people support these parties differ significantly. Thus, it is thin empirical ice to associate the yellow-green boost among young voters with a new generational cleavage.

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Kanzlerwahlverein No More?

Failed Internal Coalition Building and the CDU/CSU’s 2021 Campaign

Matthias Dilling

In 2021, Germany’s Christian Democrats suffered their worst election defeat in a post-war federal election. This article looks at the campaign that preceded this downfall. While the cdu’s party congress in early 2021 showed favorable signs for a successful campaign, Armin Laschet, the newly elected party leader, missed the opportunity to unify the cdu’s different wings and consolidate a coalition backing his leadership. This resulted in a damaging clash with the csu over the chancellor candidacy and ongoing internal disunity. Laschet attempted to rectify this very late in the campaign, but his team failed to integrate the cdu/csu’s most important actors. The Christian Democrats were thus ill-equipped to respond to a difficult context and unexpected developments. Returning to its traditional factional integration will be paramount for the cdu/csu to rebound from this historic defeat.

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Pathways to the Chancellorship

The Making of Chancellor Scholz in Perspective

Ludger Helms

there would be a change in the office of chancellor after the 2021 Bundestag election has been certain ever since late in 2018, when Chancellor Merkel announced her decision not to seek re-election as cdu party leader and to step down as chancellor

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A Zeitenwende Indeed

Eric Langenbacher

persistent cleavage between East and West shows no signs of going away, even after 30-plus years of unity. National policymakers still seem at a loss regarding what could or should be done about it. Table 1: The 2021 Bundestag Election Results

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Continuing Formalization of Coalition Formation with a New “Sound”

Negotiating the Coalition Contract after the 2021 Bundestag Election

Sven T. Siefken

2005, and 86 in 2013 ( Table 3 ). Table 3: Duration of Coalition Building (in days), 1998 to 2021 Bundestag Election 1998 2002 2005 2009 2013 2017 2021 Coalition spd Greens spd Greens cdu / csu spd cdu / csu fdp

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The Quest for Gender Parity

Angela Merkel and the Diversification of Electoral Politics in Germany

Joyce Marie Mushaben

( spd ) narrowly defeated Bettina Jarasch (Greens). 40 The 2021 Bundestag elections moreover featured the second woman to seek the chancellorship, Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90/Greens). Despite fierce struggles among conflicting party “wings,” even the