Germany’s ruling centre-right coalition has suffered its sixth election defeat this year yet Angela Merkel’s CDU believes it can still celebrate.
In the Berlin regional poll her conservatives took just over 23% but significantly the Left party vote collapsed, forcing the SPD winners to find a new partner.
Frank Henkel of the CDU said “Ladies and gentlemen, my friends – today is a day of success for the CDU in Berlin. We have achieved our primary objective in the campaign: the Red-Red coalition is no longer in the majority in our capital.”
So it is a third term as mayor of Berlin for Klaus Wowereit. His winning SPDs are now expected to team up with the Greens. But the real losers have been Merkel’s own coalition partners, the eurosceptic FDP who slumped to under 2%.
Klaus Wowereit of the SPD said “It’s a good result, that the conservatives in this city are again weakened, if we count CDU and FDP together. They won far fewer votes than last time, and it is also right that this unspeakable FDP, which took the people for fools with their euro-theme, that they received such a punishment.”
Meanwhile, the little known Pirate party whose programme includes greater personal data protection and the legalising of cannabis, surprised everyone by garnering nearly 9% of the vote.