Germany: Scholz dismisses snap election calls after EU poll rout

Source: Financial Times [UK]

“Chancellor Olaf Scholz has rejected calls for snap elections after a European poll that saw all three parties in his coalition register grave losses and his Social Democrats suffer their worst-ever result in a nationwide vote. The dire performance of Scholz’s coalition in Sunday’s EU vote has prompted opposition calls for the chancellor to follow Emmanuel Macron’s lead and call an early national election. ‘The next election is scheduled for autumn next year and we plan to hold it then as planned,’ said Steffen Hebestreit, Scholz’s spokesman. … Scholz’s centre-left SPD scored just 14 per cent, the Greens 12 per cent — eight points down on the last European election in 2019 — and the liberal FDP 5 per cent. The clear winner were the centre-right Christian Democrats — the CDU/CSU — with 30 per cent, but the far-right Alternative for Germany also performed strongly, coming second with 16 per cent, their best-ever result in a nationwide vote.” (06/10/24)