CDU wins in Schleswig-Holstein
13 May, 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party won last Sunday elections in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, dealing a second consecutive blow to her centre-left rivals. While Christian Democrats (CDU) won 32% of the vote, the Social Democrats (SPD), which was governing the state in a coalition with the Greens and SSW, a regional party that represents the Danish and Frisian minorities, won just 27% of the vote. The result is disappointing for the SPD and its new leader Martin Schulz as the September general elections are nearing.
Schleswig-Holstein's CDU candidate Daniel Guenther, speaking after projected results were first announced, said that voters had made a clear decision against the incumbent state government, which he referred to as “the coalition of stagnation”. Despite the CDU win, it is unclear which of the two main parties will be able to form a viable coalition and with whom.
The Greens obtained 12.9% of the vote, while the Free Democrats (FDP) won 11.5%. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party picked up 5.9% of the vote, meaning it will enter the state's legislature for the first time.