With the SPD and CDU running neck-and-neck in Germany’s election, talk has turned to potential coalitions, which could “technically” be led by either party, says political analyst Ulrich Brueckner.

The SPD (Social Democratic Party) has taken more than 25% of the vote, according to exit polls, but outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christians Democrats (CDU) and Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), have been trailing not far behind, leading both political forces to already declare themselves the future leaders of any coalitions.