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Landtag elections: Saxony and Brandenburg are heading for tripartite coalitions


Although the AfD has gained massive votes, but for the top spot it was not enough in both countries. Which alliances can CDU and SPD enter there?

After the state elections in Brandenburg and Saxony, both countries each headed for a tripartite alliance. Although in Brandenburg, the red-red government of Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) was voted out, he could continue to govern with a narrow majority in a red-green-red coalition. According to the preliminary result, an alliance of the SPD with the CDU and the Free Voters or with the CDU and the Greens would also be possible. In Saxony, where so far the CDU under Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer ruled with the SPD, the most likely alliance is a Kenya coalition of both parties with the Greens.

On Monday, the committees of the parties represented in the Bundestag will discuss the outcome of the election in Berlin, before making a public statement. For example, CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to appear before the press at around 1.30 pm, SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil at 2 pm.

The Federal Government Commissioner for the East, Christian Hirte (CDU), spoke out after the double election for increased political efforts in the East. "In a positive sense, the result shakes awake: we must further strengthen the path of genuine structural policy that has been started in this federal government," said the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. "The East still needs priority." Especially the success of Saxony's Prime Minister Kretschmer results from the fact that he did not follow the rhetoric on the political margins. Shepherd advocated a course of "clear demarcation instead of exclusion" with regard to the AfD.

CDU vice insists on clear edge against AfD and left

Thomas Strobl, vice-chairman of the Federal CDU praised Kretschmer for a course of clear demarcation to AfD and Left Party. Thus he was also a role model for the entire party. In contrast to right-wing and extreme left-wing phenomena, a clear edge must be shown in democracy, as Kretschmer has done for the Saxon Union, Strobl told Deutsche Welle in Berlin. The CDU must say "clearly and unequivocally: there is nothing with the people of the AfD - no coalition, no cooperation, no cooperation." This clarity is necessary. "

Brandenburg's CDU leader Ingo Senftleben had not ruled out a coalition with the Left Party before the election. The CDU had decided against it at its federal party conference in December in Hamburg, however, they reject "coalitions and similar forms of cooperation both with the Left Party and with the alternative for Germany".

Strobl emphasized that he did not only feel relief and joy after the elections in Saxony and Brandenburg. Given the high number of votes of the AfD, the CDU must work to ensure that "this right edge disappears in Germany, the left-wing extremists moreover the same". The CDU must "turn to topics that interest and occupy people" and listen to people, as Kretschmer did in Saxony. Then, in a second step, the CDU must "actively solve these problems as well".

Landtag election Brandenburg 2019

  • distribution of votes
  • Profits and losses
  • coalition computer

State election Saxony 2019

  • distribution of votes
  • Profits and losses
  • coalition computer

Source: zeit

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