So far, the CDU leader had avoided recognizing Soltz and the SPD as election winners. But after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the candidate for Chancellor of the Christian Union (CDU / CSU), Armin Lasset, congratulated the candidate for Chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
According to Der Spiegel magazine, Mr. Lassett’s delay was due to the fact that he congratulated the winner of Sunday’s election in writing, in a letter.
The pressure, however, was strong, especially since Mr. Zender said yesterday that congratulating the opponent when he wins “is a matter of style”. For its part, the Chancellery announced today that Mrs. Merkel congratulated Mr. Soltz on Monday.
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