On Sunday, the Christian Democratic League finally won in Saxony-Anhalt with 37% of the vote, far ahead of the far-right German Choice Party (AfD).
They are afraid of defeat. On Sunday, June 6, the conservatives finally won in Saxony-Anhalt. German Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the former East German land with 37% of the vote, far ahead of the far-right German Choice Party (AfD), which scored 20.8 The% of votes must have achieved very good results but failed to achieve its goal: to lead the regional elections for the first time.
Because they are the last election before the legislative election on September 26, this will determine the name of Mr.I Merkel, people are eagerly looking forward to these elections. Their results sparked a battle of interpretations. They were interested in giving them national meaning, and they were more willing to look at their meaning by reminiscing about the 2.2 million inhabitants of Saxony-Anhalt. Only the eleventh most populous land (out of 16).
Not surprisingly, Paul Ziemiak, secretary-general of the CDU, was among the first. “For us, this is a sensational good result”, He commented that Sunday night, aroused “Legislative elections are surging”Although the last voting intention hovered between 25% and 30%, the CDU has increased by 7.2 percentage points compared with the 2016 regional voting intention (29.8%). Since her overwhelming victory in 2002 (37.3%), she has never achieved such a result in Saxony-Anhalt.
How to explain this success? For some, the shock caused by the AfD’s lead in the polls ten days before the election is decisive: Although it is worried about a sanctions vote, the CDU will eventually win a useful vote by uniting the right-wing voters in the last row. The most important thing to benefit from this is the desire to stop the far right.
For others, the personality of his candidate Reiner Haseloff is decisive. Since becoming the head of Saxony-Anhalt in 2011, the stern politician has never hesitated to express his disagreements with Angela Merkel, whether it is on the immigration policy he is considered too generous, or on His management of the health crisis is considered too strict.More conservative than the prime minister, but refused to cooperate with AfD—unlike some of the CDU elected officials in the region—he skillfully acted as the spokesperson for voters in the east, facing «Berlin», Accused of negligence “New South Wales” Unified results. In 2019, it was the same strategy that allowed his colleague Michael Klett (CDU) to re-elect in Saxony, and it was far ahead of expectations before the game.