The CDU was the clear winner in Sunday’s election for Saxony-Anhalt-Landtag membership. In the federal state with a population of two million people, it was embodied by the local prime minister Rainer Haselov. Within the CDU Christian Democratic Party, it pays for a Catholic social politician, and thus for the party as a “leftist”. However, due to competition from the Populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), the tone of the discourse has changed in recent years.
Avoid the CDU nightmare
According to several polls, the AfD had almost the same chance of winning on Sunday as the CDU, with one poll even giving it a victory. For the CDU weak in recent months, which is linked to the Greens at the federal level, a loss to the AfD in Saxony-Anhalt would be a fiasco four months before the Bundestag elections. But in the end, this did not happen, and the CDU managed to beat the far-right Alternative Party by 16 percentage points, and, moreover, strengthened by more than 7 percentage points.
Haselov can now join coalition partners in forming a new government Choose. He can re-governance with the SPD, or join the Green Party or the new FDP again.
German media rates the CDU’s good result as the influence of the Haselov government, which 70 percent of people are satisfied with. His personality rallied up to 40 percent of Saxon-Anhalt CDU voters.
to me ARD Haselov impressed people by defining him against cooperating with the AfD and also for becoming the “East German Spokesman”. “In recent years, the feeling that Berlin’s politics, economy and media are mainly oriented towards the West and looking towards the East has grown significantly. Haselov has become the voice of this feeling – and this is also part of his success,” ARD writes about the outcome of the elections in the federal state of East Germany. Haselov’s delineation of the federal government’s policy and economic policy also seemed to annoy voters.
Will it enhance the success of Hasilov Laschet?
Haslov is convinced that the CDU will achieve an equally good result in the parliamentary elections at the end of September this year: “A result of more than 37 percent was achieved thanks to our unity. The same can be done in September, when we can send Armin Laschet to Chancellery.” The president of the CDU is a consistent candidate for chancellor. Although he is very unpopular, the party’s success in Saxony-Anhalt would strengthen it.
“It was a good day for the Christian Democratic Union and for a democratic Germany,” Laschet said on Monday. He himself had to win the position of commander in a general dispute with the head of the Bavarian CSU alliance Markus Söder. Haselov also opposed him at that time.
Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes that now that the CDU has averted impending catastrophe, it will celebrate and focus on other issues with “a cynical sense of complacency”. “Despite the success of the CDU/CSU, it should find out what worries voters who overlook it, if they do not want to experience the same horrifying scenario before the Bundestag elections,” the influential newspaper wrote of the prospect of winning membership for the alternative in the East. German countries.
Alternative for Germany took second place. The ambitious Saxon-Anhalt organization, which was influenced by the far-right politician Bjorn Hook, had a belief of more than 21 percent. The reactions of AfD politicians reflect the internal partisan struggle between the “moderates” and the radicals. The moderate party’s co-chair, Jörg Meuthen, has already said that the AfD’s perception of the Saxon-Anhalt party as the far-right hurt her in the election. “A stronger focus on the center and less striking rhetoric of protest will bring in more,” Meuthen said.
On the contrary, among the clearly defeated are the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the leftist Die Linke, as well as the Green Party. The environmental party wanted to double its five percent from 2016, but it hasn’t strengthened even by a single percentage point. Thus, his result certainly does not correspond to the party that leads the elections to the Bundestag at the federal level.
According to analysts, voters in Saxony eventually preferred the CDU over the Greens to support Prime Minister Haselow in building the AfD “dam”. This ensured that the Greens could not reach or mobilize the electorate in East German countries (except for Berlin). However, both the Social Democrats and the Green Party said in response to Sunday’s election that the national elections in September would be different.
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