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Benedict van Huelsen

Germany & EU Elections

What does the recent European Parliament Election mean for the German government? It’s difficult to put an analysis on anything at this time, however what can be said about the EP elections is this: More of the same. And really, that is remarkable. The CDU, Germany’s current government party, incurred slight losses but still had a respectable showing of 30.0%. It’s historical foe, but now coalition partner on a national level, the SPD improved their election results with 27,3% of the vote, underlining their claim to govern Germany again in the future. The interesting findings can be drawn from the smaller parties. The FDP, the Liberals, had a poor result, with only 3,4% of voters offering their support. This demonstrates the fact that the National Parliament elections of 2013 were not a one-off punishment for poor governance; on the contrary, the FDP really seems done for on the national level. Who took their place? Some say, the AfD, Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany), will be the new head honcho. Their leader, Bernd Lucke, even proclaiming “We are a new people’s party!” Getting 7,0% of the vote for a party that was founded less than two years ago is remarkable and speaks of a deep dissatisfaction with the current political parties. All of this is rather bad news for the future of German governance, especially for Angela Merkel and the CDU. They will have to look for new coalition partners on the left, as they have done now with the SPD. The current coalition has been dubbed a coalition of the unwilling, borne more of necessity and the need for stability than genuine ideological correspondence. The Greens and the Linke seem slumped in their own party politics, obtaining 10,7% and 7,4% respectively, both slight losses. This is unusual, the EP… Read More