RTL Today – Politics and potatoes in Potsdam: Would-be German chancellors go head-to-head in local battle


Famous for its palaces that once housed Prussian kings, the German city of Potsdam on the outskirts of Berlin has also become the arena for a battle for Angela Merkel’s crown in the run-up to September’s election.

Two of the leading candidates in the race to replace Merkel — Annalena Baerbock of the Greens and Olaf Scholz of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) — are running in constituency 61, which includes Potsdam.

The battle marks the first time in German history that two chancellor candidates have gone head-to-head in the same constituency — a far cry from the “safe seat” route often favoured by past political heavyweights.

As seats in the German parliament are filled through a combination of direct mandates and party lists, Scholz and Baerbock could still become MPs even if they lose in Potsdam — but winning a direct mandate would be the icing on the cake.

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