In the legislative elections of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt, one of the new states created within the borders of the former East Germany, the Chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) Angela Merkel upset the calculations with unexpected success.
THE SECOND FASCIST PARTY
The CDU, which increased its votes by 7.3% from the 2016 election and won 37.1% of the vote, also put polling companies in the wrong corner. The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is set to face the CDU in the polls, lost 3.5 points and won 20.8% of the vote. However, the fact that the AfD remains second in the state has heightened the unease in common sense circles.
FULL FIAT IN SPD
The Social Democratic Party (SPD), which for years established itself as the “most powerful party or the second most powerful party” in the elections in Germany, has continued to lose its character as a “popular party”. The decline continued in the SPD, which won 8.4% of the vote. The Greens, which forced the first place in the polls of the legislative elections, obtained only 5.9% of the vote in this state. The Free Democratic Party (FDP), which failed to cross the 5 percent threshold in previous elections, returned to parliament with 5.9 percent of the vote, as support for the Left Party waned. The Left Party, which won 16.3% of the total vote in the 2016 elections, fell to 11%.
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The CDU’s success in the regional elections created a spiking effect for Armin Laschet, the CDU’s presidential candidate ahead of the September 26 elections. Laschet, President of the CDU and Prime Minister of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, congratulated Reiner Haseloff, the Prime Minister of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt, who emerged victorious in the elections. He also described the failure of the right-wing populist AfD to find the support it hoped for as a “democratic success.” Political commentators have pointed out that Haseloff, by embracing some of the AfD’s rhetoric, has kept voters from swinging to the far right. Haseloff announced that they were ready to start coalition talks with all parties except the AfD. The success of the CDU in the state in question is generally interpreted as a “positive signal” for Laschet.
WILL THE POWER OF THE CDU CONTINUE AFTER MERKEL?
* After German Chancellor Merkel announced that she would not be a candidate in 2021 after 16 years, the Christian Democratic Party appointed Armin Laschet as prime minister.
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* As Prime Minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Turks are concentrated, Laschet is also known as “Turkish Armin” due to his proximity to Turkish society.
* The CDU had fallen behind the Greens in the polls in early 2021. However, in recent weeks, the acceleration of the vaccination against the coronavirus and the news against the Greens, the CDU has gained momentum.
* Following the success of Saxony-Anhalt, comments are being made that Laschet has a long way to go to become prime minister, but he can keep that momentum going. In Germany, which is already in the power of the CDU / SPD, new coalition calculations have already started to be made.