Hélène Kohl edited by Solène Delinger 9:40 p.m., September 25, 2021

The suspense is at its height in Germany.

On Sunday September 26, German citizens will elect their new deputies, whose first charge will be to appoint their new chancellor.

Angela Merkel, who is stepping down after 16 years in power, felt compelled to engage in the campaign because of the uncertainty surrounding the election outcome. 

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Big suspense in Germany.

Sunday, September 26, the legislative elections will give Angela Merkel's successor.

The Chancellor, at the head of the country for sixteen years, participated in a last meeting this Saturday in Aachen, to support her runner-up Armin Laschet.

Candidate of the CDU and often in difficulty in the polls, the conservative is neck and neck with the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz.

It is because of this uncertainty reigning around the outcome of the election that Angela Merkel became so involved in the campaign. 

A "tight" and "unprecedented" situation

"Angela Merkel did not want to get involved so much in this campaign. But the situation is so tight, so unprecedented, that she has held several meetings with Armin Laschet", explains Hélène Kohl, correspondent in Germany for Europe 1. "She does it. presents like his natural dolphin even if it must be said, it is rather Olaf Scholz, of the SPD, who looks like him ". 

For her final meeting as chancellor, in Aachen, Angela Merkel, who failed to prepare her succession, spared no efforts to allow Armin Laschet, the unpopular and clumsy Christian-Democratic candidate to catch up.

"You have to make the right decisions, that's what matters to you tomorrow, because it is your country and you decide on your future government" which will have to ensure "prosperity, security and peace", stressed the leader.

"The world is changing very quickly and therefore Armin Laschet still has a lot of work to do as Federal Chancellor," she argued. 

The candidates will fight to the end

A final attempt to convince voters, who were still 40% undecided by the middle of this week.

No one is able to predict the balance of power that will emerge from the polls on Sunday evening.

The candidates therefore have no choice but to fight to the end, as Hélène Kohl emphasizes.

There were several meetings on the eve of the elections even if the heads of the list have instead opted for a strategic withdrawal in their constituencies, in contact with the voters.

Will Angela Merkel's efforts to ensure her succession with Armin Laschet pay off?

Answer Sunday September 26th. 

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