I don't think so. While traditionally CDU/CSU and SPD are the two big parties in Germany and every government since the founding of the country (sounds big, hm? Well, it's been only 72 years ) has been lead by one or the other, that's changing.
Here is the current result of the "Sunday question" ("who would you vote for if there were elections this week?" ): https://www.infratest-dimap.de/umfragen-analysen/bundesweit/sonntagsfrage/
The SPD is solidly ranked third for quite some time, behind CDU/CSU and the Greens.
Our next government will probably be CDU/CSU and Greens. Not necessarily in that order.
If people really take the abysmal performance of the current government in fighting the pandemic into account, CDU/CSU might lose enough votes to enable a Green-led coalition, either Green/SPD/FDP or Green/SPD/Left (my preference on the latter, but the former is far more likely).
But the SPD overtaking the Greens looks highly unlikely.
CDU/CSU need to lose the government to humble them again. And the country needs a government by someone else for a change. But the SPD is not the one you should look for.
P. S.: I like that German politics are a topic here, even more so that they've been brought up by a foreigner.
This is find very interesting, because that's very much true. It's mostly a non-issue, since nobody actually is all that impacted by it. But oh boy does it stir up the "muh freedom!!!" crowd. What's guns to the Americans is the non-existent speed limit to the Germans - it's utterly insane. It's such a tiny little issue, but it's a case of one single issue turning a bunch of people off voting for a party that otherwise would fit them like a glove...And maybe it's something that really isn't a problem, but something that comes up because it gets The Clicks for news stories.
I'm not German, but I have driven on unrestricted parts of the Autobahn a couple of times, and I agree with these points. To be honest, more than anything else, I found driving there to be stressful as soon as the novelty of going as fast as you dare wore off. When the speed difference between road users going the same way exceeds 100 km/h I think it starts getting really uncomfortable.Maybe an unpopular opinion here:
1) I don't think a noteworthy number of people come here to drive unreasonably fast on the Autobahn. 2) The number of km that are still "open" and additionally not also limited through traffic alone (which is another issue in itself, see 3) gets smaller and smaller. 3) Plus, this isn't nearly as much about CO2 as it is avoiding accidents and deaths* - especially regarding idiots that explicitly want to drive unreasonable and dare I say idiotically fast without respecting anyone else on the road (i.e. "I came here to to speed, so I deserve to go 250 come what may"), actually endangering people while doing that.
* and don't you dare say this isn't true. The friggin' stretch of A4 I drive every single day (well, not during covid, fair enough) was notorious for having a large scale crash every other month until in 2017 they introduced a speed limit. Basically nothing of note since then.
This is find very interesting, because that's very much true. It's mostly a non-issue, since nobody actually is all that impacted by it. But oh boy does it stir up the "muh freedom!!!" crowd. What's guns to the Americans is the non-existent speed limit to the Germans - it's utterly insane. It's such a tiny little issue, but it's a case of one single issue turning a bunch of people off voting for a party that otherwise would fit them like a glove...
Funny thing is: The fact is that traffic density, more speed limits and not forget the advent of the electric cars make going fast in limitless sections less and less likely make a general speed limit less and less necessary.
And I do think that having a fairly important country allowing people going as fast as they want actually makes cars safer - because manufacturers have to factor in people actually going 200+, the cars can handle the top speed their engine empowers them to do. And because of that, they also are much safer at lower speeds.
Same goes for the drivers. When you are trained to drive fast, you are a safer driver also at low speeds. This will be lost gradually when a speed limit is introduced.
The reality is, though, at some point there will be a general speed limit in Germany, too. I just hope it won't be introduced for a long time.
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