German elections – BBC News Review reviews

May 27, 2022

Germany elections: Centre-left claim narrow win over Merkel’s party:
Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have claimed victory in the federal election, telling the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. Rob and Neil discuss the news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it as well.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:26 – Story
2:00 – Headline 1: CNBC: ‘I’ll be darned’: Biden reacts to pivotal German election result’
5:00 – Headline 2: BBC News online: German elections usher in political change with a small ‘c’
8:25 – Headline 3: The Guardian: Germany election: what happens next as parties vie to form government.
11:10 – Language summary

The story:
It was an election night on a knife edge, with Germany’s two main political parties jostling for pole position as the ballots were counted. The race was so tight that the leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats and the Conservative CDU-CSU union each now claims the right to try to form a government.

Whoever is successful will become Germany’s next Chancellor. “Let the poker game begin” declared the widely-read Bild newspaper in a headline this morning.

Both parties are wooing Germany’s Greens and the business- focused liberal FDP party.

Key words and phrases:
important and influential
-Angela Merkel played a pivotal role in shaping the European Union.
-Cutting greenhouse emissions is a pivotal idea in tackling climate change.

usher in
make something important start to happen
-The Covid pandemic ushered in a new way of working for many employees.
-The invention of the jet plane ushered in a golden age of travel.

compete with others to gain superiority
-The two teams are vying to be top of the table.
-Staff have to vie with each other to get the one promotion on offer.

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  1. I didn't know 'usher' can be a job position

  2. We speak it….how about learning german…..for a better understanding….and not calling our language harsh. Gutteral. Hard to learn….propaganda? Haloooo….hollywood. I heard that for 50. Yyyyeaarrrs

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  4. Reply
    hetal manish Thakrar May 27, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Pivotal- important and influential ( adjective )
    Election victory is a pivotal moment.
    He has played role in football.
    Rex it played a pivotal role in history of UK
    USHER IN -changed at that point new direction
    The COVID pandemic has ushered in so many changes in our life.
    Technology has ushered. Great change the way we leave.
    VIE- compete with others to gain superiority
    Vie to become something
    The two teams are vying to be top

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    Maxamed Cabdifataax May 27, 2022 at 5:17 pm


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    Alexandre Simões May 27, 2022 at 5:17 pm

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    Neville Longbottom May 27, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    The SPD is far left, the CDU is nowadays center-left.

  19. Thanks for teach important word

  20. Vie is a verb that gave me some headaches when I was a English beginner learner … Which, thank Godness, I'm not anymore.. 🌸🌸🌸

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