In a speech at the party’s headquarters in Berlin, Socialist Party leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the result had been disappointing but there had been a lot of support in the streets. He thanked his supporters and campaigners and told young Germans that they were the future of the country. He also thanked everyone who had voted for him, and assured his supporters that their votes had not been wasted because he would lead a rigorous opposition team.
He said that he looked back on 11 years of government and was proud to say that his party had protected workers’ rights, and that in opposition the party would continue to fight for workers’ rights, and for a minimum wage.
He said that his role in the future would be to make the party more attractive to people so that next time it would win more votes. He said he was proud of his party and the men and women at the top of the party were strong and had acted correctly to head off the worst of the financial crisis.
He admitted however, that the poll was a bitter blow. His speech was well-received by the crowds who thronged the party’s headquarters in Berlin.
Steinmeier added that his party had mantained the balance of government for 11 years and would continue to do so in the future, even in opposition.
by Samantha David