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Regional in Germany: heavy defeat for Scholz, surge of the far right

The three parties of the center-left coalition of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suffered a severe Defeat on Sunday during elections in two large regions, strongholds of the conservatives, which also show a strong push from the far right.

According to the latest projections, the Social Democrats (SPD) of Mr. Scholz, the Greens and the liberals of the FDP are retreating both in Bavaria (south), the richest German state, and in Hesse (west) where Frankfurt is located. , the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB).

For the FDP, the result is clear: the party did not reach the 5% necessary to remain in the Bavarian parliament, and could also be ejected in Hesse.

Mid-term, the government of Olaf Scholz was thus sanctioned in elections where the population's concern over the industrial crisis experienced by Europe's largest economy and the resurgence of the migration issue played a central role.

– “A signal” for the government

The weekly Der Spiegel described the verdict at the polls as “disastrous” for the coalition. “The loss of support is so obvious” that the government “will be forced to review its current course,” he judges.

SPD leader Lars Klingbeil agreed with this, seeing in the defeat “a signal to the three parties” of the government, to encourage them “to resolve the Germans' problems more quickly.

Another lesson from these elections won handily, as expected, by the conservatives: the far-right AfD party should claim second place in these two Länder, which embody a prosperous Germany.

“We can no longer say that (the AfD) is a party exclusively strong in the east” of the country, where the regions of the former GDR are located, often economically disadvantaged, points out the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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<p> The logo of the AfD party during a rally in Munich before the German regional elections, October 2, 2023 © AFP – Christof STACHE </p>
<p>AfD co-leader Alice Weidel interpreted the results as “a punishment” for the government and “a vote for change.”</p>
<p>“We are on the right track,” she said. -she throws. </p>
<p>This anti-immigration party, which also criticizes climate protection measures assimilated to high prices and constraints, has thus confirmed its surge in the polls at the national level where it currently garners between 20 and 22 % of voting intentions, behind the right.</p>
<p>He took advantage of the fact that the campaign largely focused on criticism of the coalition in power since December 2021, undermined by incessant quarrels.</p>
<p>Fears of a new migration crisis , like that of 2015, are also at the top of voters' concerns, according to opinion studies, due to an increase in arrivals of asylum seekers in recent months.</p>
<p>– Performance “very disappointing”</p>
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Boris Rhein, CDU candidate in the German regional elections, greets his supporters after the first exit results from the polls, on October 8, 2023 in Wiesbaden, Hesse © AFP – Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV < p>In Hesse, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, who led the social democratic list, suffered a bitter setback: the SPD (15%) came behind the AfD (18.9%), neck and neck for third. place with the Greens, current junior ally in the regional government.

Olaf Scholz's party is far behind the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) led by an unknown, Boris Rhein, which wins 34.2 %, up significantly compared to 2018 (27%).

“We unfortunately did not succeed in imposing ourselves with our themes. It is a very disappointing performance,” admitted the minister, a heavyweight in the government, who intends, despite criticism from the opposition, to keep her portfolio .

In Bavaria, the thunderous head of government Markus Söder certainly won, but with a slightly lower result (36.5 to 36.8%) and the worst in more than 70 years for his party Christian Social Union (CSU), regional avatar of the CDU.

This poor score could weaken his presumed desire to become chancellor, even if he assured Sunday that he had no such ambitions.

Regionals in Germany: heavy defeat for Scholz, push from the extreme right

Bavarian head of government Markus Söder and CSU candidate in the German state elections, makes a statement after the first exit results from the polls, on October 8, 2023 in Munich, southern Germany. 'Germany © AFP – Tobias SCHWARZ

The person said he was “satisfied” with the result, which allows him to constitute “a stable and strong majority” with his current partner, the Free Voters (Freie Wähler) , a very conservative party established in the countryside which would collect a little more than 14%.

The AfD (15.5 to 15.9%) would come in second position there too, but remains neck and neck with the Greens (15.4 to 15.8), while the SPD, chronically weak in this Land, collapses a little further (around 8%).

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116