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German election candidate Armin Laschet said the election result “will come down to every vote”.

The latest news on the German elections:

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BERLIN – Armin Laschet, the center-right bloc candidate of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel to become Germany’s new leader, said the election result “will be in every vote”.

Recent polls indicate a very close race between Laschet’s center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats, with the Greens in third place.

Laschet said in his vote on Sunday in Aachen, on the western border of Germany, that the elections “will decide Germany’s direction in the years to come, and so it will depend on each vote. “.

His Social Democratic rival, Olaf Scholz, said after voting in Potsdam, just outside Berlin, that he hoped the voters “will deliver a very good result for the Social Democrats, and the citizens will give me the mandate to become the next Chancellor of Germany. “

Green candidate Annalena Baerbock is expected to vote in Potsdam later on Sunday. Merkel’s spokesperson said the outgoing leader was voting by mail – as many Germans are expected to do in this election.

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BERLIN – Voters are delivering a mixed verdict on the era of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel as they choose a new German parliament, and some are struggling to choose potential new leaders.

The polls opened on Sunday after a roller coaster campaign. Recent polls point to a very close race between Merkel’s center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats, with the Greens in third place.

In Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, a traditional left-wing stronghold, Jan Kemper, 41, director of an online bank, said the climate crisis and slow digitization in Germany were among his main concerns.

He praised Merkel’s crisis-handling style, but said key issues had not been addressed.

“This election is extremely important,” he said. “Previously, the elections set the course for the next two to four years. Now we have to make decisions that will affect future generations. “

In Berlin’s Mitte district, Wiebke Bergmann, a 48-year-old social worker, said that “this election is really special, I think, because Angela Merkel is no longer running.”

She said: “I really thought about which candidate I wanted as the next chancellor – until this morning I hadn’t made up my mind. None of the three really convinced me.

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BERLIN – German voters choose a new parliament in an election that will determine who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years as head of Europe’s largest economy.

The polls point to a very close race on Sunday. The battle pits Merkel’s center-right Union bloc with state governor Armin Laschet running for chancellor and the center-left social democrats for whom outgoing finance minister and vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz seeks the highest position.

Recent polls show that the Social Democrats are slightly ahead. They also show that the Green ecologists who present the candidate Annalena Baerbock are in third place several points behind. About 60.4 million people in the nation of 83 million are eligible to elect the new parliament.

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BERLIN – Two climate activists have ended their hunger strike after a leading candidate for German Chancellor agreed to a public meeting with them following Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

The decision came just hours after hunger strikers stepped up their protest on Saturday, refusing liquids in addition to food. They had demanded that Olaf Scholz, the Social Democrats’ candidate, publicly declare that Germany faces a climate emergency.

Scholz confirmed the scheduled meeting in a statement on Twitter, saying saving lives is a priority. Scholz and his two rivals for the top post had refused to meet with the hunger strikers before the elections.

Armin Laschet, candidate of the Christian Democratic Union, enemy of the Chancellery and Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, laughs after voting for the German parliamentary elections in Aachen, Germany on Sunday September 26 2021. On September 26, 2021, approximately 60.4 million of the 83 million people are eligible to elect the new Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, which will elect the next head of government. (Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa via AP)

A man votes for the German elections at a polling station in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, September 26, 2021. The German national flag in the background. (AP Photo / Michael Probst)

Clouds drift over the Reichstag building with the German parliament in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, September 26, 2021. German elections are held on Sunday. (AP Photo / Michael Probst)

Voters stand in front of a European, German and Berlin flag at a polling station to vote in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, September 26, 2021. The Germans elect a new national parliament. (Sebastian Gollnow / dpa via AP)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier votes in the national elections in Berlin, Germany on Sunday September 26, 2021 (Kai Pfaffenbach / Pool via AP)

Social Democratic Party, SPD, candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz votes for the German parliamentary elections in Potsdam, Berlin, Germany, Sunday September 26, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay / Pool via AP)

A poll volunteer opens the ballot box for a woman she can vote for the German national parliament election at a polling station in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, September 26, 2021. German voters choose a new parliament at the poll an election which will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years at the head of Europe’s largest economy. (AP Photo / Markus Schreiber)

A man votes for the German national parliament election at a polling station in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, September 26, 2021. German voters choose a new parliament in an election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after his 16 years at the helm of Europe’s largest economy. (AP Photo / Markus Schreiber)


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