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30 Aug

Abroad observes our Federal Election

The federal election on September 26th is certainly a purely German matter. Nevertheless, not only the neighboring countries are looking closely at what is happening in this country. For the first time, the chancellor of government is no longer up for re-election. The observers in the capitals of other countries - not only in Washington, Moscow, Paris or London - are already focusing their attention particularly sharply on Berlin.

Western countries and some ‘other countries around the world are asking themselves: is there just one change of government? Or will there also be a serious change in policy? How difficult are coalition negotiations? Is political Berlin shifting to the left, to the right? Will the new leaders reliably adhere to contracts, agreements and promises after election day?

When looking from abroad, the partners will ask themselves whether they can continue to rely on Germany. Germany remains a reliable partner: we know that! But the others will still be asking themselves that for the time being.  

And how do contemporaries in Germany look at the federal election themselves? Still enough time to make a decision? Unfortunately this is not the case this time. The Bundestag election started long ago: by post. This time, a lot should depend on the postal vote: Because of the pandemic, more voters are said to have decided to vote by letter.

Unlike perhaps in the USA, where the failed president recently tried to discredit the postal vote, this election by post is safe with us. In addition Federal Returning Officer Dr. Georg Thiel: "Postal votes have been around since 1957. To this day we have no evidence of irregularities to the extent that they could influence the election results." .

Review and outlook: In the 2017 Bundestag election, the postal vote was 28.6 percent. The SPD is already posting its candidate with a clearly visible postal voting envelope. Conservative CDU / CSU expect a "historically high proportion of postal voters" and the Green Party believe that 40 to 50 percent of voters will have put the ballot with the votes cast in the blue ballot envelope and carried it into the mailbox.

Tricky is when some people think: "With the absentee ballot everything is already over." We shouldn't rely on that. If you don't vote by envelope, you should definitely go to the polls. Even if it happens at the very last minute.

Best Regards,

Walter Thieme
WTH Shareholder