The SPD won 25.7 percent of votes in the Bundestag elections on Sunday, results from preliminary results after counting the data for all constituencies in Germany. The SPD overtook the CDU / CSU, which gained 24.1 percent of the votes. This is the worst result in history for the Christian Democrats.
Compared to the previous elections (2017), the CDU / CSU lost 8.8 percentage points. The Greens came third in the elections with 14.8 percent of the votes. This is the best result ever for the Greens. Liberal FDP won 11.5 percent of the votes. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 10.3 percent and ceased to be the third strongest party in the Bundestag. In turn, the Left has 4.9 percent of the votes.
The SPD's candidate for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the result of the Social Democrats in Sunday's Bundestag elections as "a great success". In his opinion, voters made it clear their wish "that the next chancellor is called Olaf Scholz".
Meanwhile, mathematically, there are several possibilities to form a new ruling majority. So Germany can be ruled by a coalition of Christian Democrats, Greens, and Liberals. A variant of the SPD coalition with the liberals and the Greens is also possible. The Greens and the liberals from the FDP will turn out to be key in each scenario.