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Social democrats took the top spot in the German elections, but Conservatives could still lead the next government.
That doesn’t make any sense, right?
Here is the situation: Social Democrats (SPD) and Conservatives (CDU) are both able to form a coalition to make their candidate the next German chancellor.
As explained in this article, no party can govern on its own, so the big question after the election is, “Who will get along with each other?”
And that’s where toxic masculinity could make the difference. Yes, toxic masculinity. Let me explain.
After the election, there are basically two realistic options left for Germany. One of these options would make Armin Laschet, who is responsible for the worst result of the Conservative Party in German history, the next chancellor. Sounds super weird, right?
It is important to note that young German voters actually voted for the two parties who will decide about the next government: the Greens and the Liberals (FDP).
In the end, we will either have a traffic light coalition with Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals who will make Olaf Scholz the next chancellor, or a so-called Jamaica coalition with Conservatives, Greens, and Liberals voting for Armin Laschet as chancellor.
Thanks to the German electoral system, it doesn’t even matter that according to polls, Social Democrat Scholz won all three debates of the candidates held before the election. It doesn’t matter that Conservatives scored their worst result ever while Social Democrats gained almost 10 percent compared to the last election. It also doesn’t matter that Greens are ahead of Liberals by a few percent of the vote.
And that’s where toxic masculinity comes to play.
The Green party is led by Annalena Baerbock, who was already facing misogynistic attacks throughout her campaign and already…