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Merkel’s CDU collapse continues in Hamburg elections (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the Hamburg, Germany state elections where the Greens won the day, the AfD stayed steady, and Angela Merkel’s CDU party was completely trounced.


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The recent elections in the German port city of Hamburg resulted in a victory for the Green party, following similar surge across the country, and a defeat for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming on the heels of a scandal in another regional vote.

Earlier in February, the CDU voted with the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to elect Thuringia’s state premier. Thomas Kemmerich of the Free Democratic Party won by one vote and was criticized heavily by relying on AfD, while the CDU also faced outrage over breaking the so-called cordon sanitaire around the right-wing party.

HAMBURG RESULTS

In Hamburg elections, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) secured 54 seats — fewer than needed for the majority in a 123-seat parliament and four seats down from the previous election, although still a better result than any other party.

According to Imanuel Marcus, an analyst and journalist for The Berlin Spectator, originally from Hamburg, “[t]he SPD’s victory is all about Hamburg and the Mayor.”

“During his years as Finance Senator, Peter Tschentscher was seen as a reliable politician who would persistently stick to his rather conservative approach. That is why even former CDU voters support him. Besides, Hamburg has been a red city state most of the time,” Marcus said.
The Green party, which was the SPD’s coalition partner in the previous Hamburg government, surged from 15 seats to 33.

“Regarding the Greens, the Hamburg victory is comparable to the situation on the federal level, in a way, since they are as strong in nationwide polls as they are in Hamburg. On the other hand the situation is not comparable at all: In Hamburg, the Greens doubled up, but did not manage to overtake Tschentscher, which is what they had wanted. On the national level, there is nothing to overtake, meaning the Greens are much stronger than the SPD already, which is why they are being seen as the CDU’s future coalition partner,” Marcus commented.

Ulla Jelpke, a member of the Bundestag and a domestic affairs spokesperson for Die Linke (The Left) party sees the Greens’ success in Hamburg as a continuation of the nationwide trend of the last several years.

“It is normal since the question of climate change has come to the fore in the public interest. The Greens also benefit from the political climate created by ‘Fridays for Future’ [a climate strike movement founded by young activist Greta Thunberg]. Their voters coming from the traditional parties spectrum, simply ignore the Greens’ great sin — the approval of the NATO war against Yugoslavia and the introduction of Hartz IV [social welfare reduction] in the SPD Greens government by Chancellor [Gerhard] Schroeder,” Jelpke said.

Die Linke won 13 seats in the latest Hamburg election, an increase of two compared to the previous vote.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU lost five seats, down from 20 in the previous election. CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak decried the results as “a bitter day” for the party, adding that the events in Thuringia “did not help.”

For Jelpke, the defeat of the CDU was “to be expected.”

“The local SPD is economically liberal and the dominant bourgeois party, while on the other hand, right-wing conservative and extreme right-wing forces support the AfD. Difficult for the CDU to position itself,” Jelpke said.

AFD UNDER SHADOW OF HANAU

The AfD, known for its harsh stance on immigration,  ended up with seven seats, one fewer than in the previous election. According to Markus, the party is “declining.”

“At this stage, Hanau does hurt them and they know it. AfD representatives even started using the expression ‘right-wing radical’ in connection with the terror attack, in a cheap attempt to hide the fact that they are extremist right-wingers themselves,” the analyst said, referring to a recent attack in the state of Hesse, which, according to the authorities, likely had racist motives.

The AfD has condemned the shootings in Hanau. Patrick Moreau, a political scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, argues that the Hanau shooter “has nothing to do with the AFD.”

“It is clear from all the documents seized that he was a conspiratorialist, American-style,” Moreau said.

AfD leader at the German parliament, Alexander Gauland, told reporters on Monday that the party had been “marginalized” and “baited.”

The AfD won 94 seats in the federal parliament in a surprise upset in 2017, while the CDU and the SPD both suffered heavy losses.  However, next year, another federal election will offer a new test to the Germany’s political landscape.

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Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

The CDU has ruled long enough – it is time for a change.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

The Afd is much friendlier towards Russia. I hope the Afd will get more voters in Germany. That would be excellent for mutual relations.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

DER SPIEGEL: CDU after the Hamburg election: Chaotic-Demoralized Union — ???? ???? Lousy result in Hamburg, chaos in Thuringia, leadership vacuum: the CDU torn apart in this way is no longer recognizable. What’s next now? ???? ???? By Florian Gathmann 02/23/2020  It is such a catastrophic result for the Christian Democrats in the Hamburg state elections that even Secretary General Paul Ziemiak, whose job it is actually to prettify even the worst figures, says that there is “nothing to prettify”. ???? ???? A “bitter” day for his party. But Ziemiak is also in a great hurry, after just a minute… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

Yeah! it could have been a lot worse. ???? ????

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 28, 2020

MERKEL AND CDU SUFFER LOSS IN HAMBURG: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s embattled Christian-Democrats (CDU) suffered its worst loss ever in the left-leaning German city of Hamburg, sliding to third place behind the Greens during Sunday’s election. Merkel’s CDU only garnered 11.2 percent of the vote, representing a drop of 4.7 percentage points from the last election. CDU conceded second place in the city to the Greens, who seem to have grabbed the combined losses of the aforementioned two parties, almost doubling their share of the vote to 24.2 percent in the city-state. The CDU’s losses indicate that the recent resignation from… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 28, 2020

The CDU can only survive if it forms a coalition with Afd. Since this won’t happen, poor CDU and Ms. Merkel are lost. Bye-bye!

oldandjaded
February 27, 2020

Social engineering. Polarization followed by fragmentation, followed by existential crisis, real in the form of a civil war, or genocide, or artificially created in the form of global warming or a “war on terror” engendered by a public ritual, followed by dissolution of the nation state. . A Supra-national power has to step in and restore stability, which, if you can engineer sufficient social collapse, the masses will accept with gratitude. The US and India are relatively easy, as there are existing deep divisions in the national psyche, Germany also has deep cultural fissures which you can clearly see being… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

We will always cherish the memory of dear Ms. Merkel. She tried so hard!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

We will always remember Ms.Merkel’s epic eye-roll. So sweet! “Behind every great man, there is a woman rolling her eyes”.

Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

An old French lady mistakes Ms. Merkel for the French President Macron’s wife:

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

What do you get if Macron and Merkel have a baby? Mackerel. LoL

oldandjaded
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 27, 2020

Ok, even I will admit, thats funny!

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 28, 2020

A huge LOL!!!

Benjamin Kramer
Benjamin Kramer
February 28, 2020

I think, puppet-„Kamikanzlerin“ Merkel was never really conservative, nor does she have developed the ability to build up a country. Probably she was selected from the people’s behind the scenes for the only thing she is master in: Not responding to questions (independent of the questions quality)from people, which are on a lower level in hierarchy. The „success „ of the pseudo-green partys (in Germany,Austria and Switzerland, which will much more very highly likely prefere US-frackinggas and don’t oppose to 5G etc) , is just the continuation of puppet-Merkels irrational actions, and not a good sign of the voters ability… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Benjamin Kramer
February 28, 2020

I believe that Ms. Merkel is sort of a “Wendehals”, as the Germans say. She turns her head with the wind. She is an opportunist, coming from the DDR, Soviet Eastern Germany. She studied Russian at school and speaks Russian fluently with President Vladimir Putin. Later she jumped on the CDU bandwagon, ingratiating herself with CDU Chancellor Helmut Kohl who helped her to become Chancellor after he left. We do not really know what or who Ms.Merkel truly is. The only thing for sure is that she grabbed power, loves power and will hang on to power as long as… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 28, 2020

PRESS TV IRAN: German MPs file complaint against Merkel government for complicity in Soleimani assassination — Friday, 28 February 2020 7:48 AM [ Last Update: Friday, 28 February 2020 7:48 AM ] Eight German lawmakers from the country’s Left Party have filed a criminal complaint against German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government for complicity in Washington’s assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The complaint claims that the US Air force’s Ramstein base in western Germany, used to control drones over Africa and the Middle East, was part of the operation that led to the general’s assassination. “The control… Read more »

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