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No snap election in Germany

Germany will not follow France and hold a snap election despite the ruling coalition’s dismal performance in the EU election, a spokesperson for Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday.

“The regular election date is next autumn. And that’s what we plan to do,” Steffen Hebestreit told a government press conference, according to AFP.

Scholz’s coalition suffered heavy losses at the European elections, with all three parties in his government trailing the conservatives and the far right, preliminary results showed.

The chancellor’s Social Democrats (SPD) scored their worst result in history at 14%, third behind the far-right AfD at about 16%, and well behind the conservative CDU-CSU bloc’s 30%. The Greens recorded 12%, while the liberal FDP took 5%.

The result sparked calls from opposition parties for Scholz to follow the lead of Emmanuel Macron and call a snap election.

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