The CDU is the strongest force in the repeat elections to the House of Representatives in Berlin. SPD head of government Franziska Giffey is suffering a historically unprecedented defeat for her party. The Greens land in third place, with only around 100 fewer votes than the SPD.
According to preliminary results after counting all constituencies, the CDU, with its top candidate Kai Wegner, won 28.2 percent of the vote for the House of Representatives in Berlin. That is an increase of a good ten points compared to the 2021 election, which has now been repeated because of the mishaps at the time. The Christian Democrats achieved their best result since 1999.
At 18.4 percent, the Social Democrats performed worse than at any time since 1950. In the 2021 election, the SPD still got 21.4 percent. The Greens, who have governed the capital with Leftists and SPD since 2016, also achieved 18.4 percent, but were 105 votes behind the Social Democrats. In the 2021 election, the Greens won 18.9 percent. The left accounted for 12.2 percent (-1.9 points) of the vote. The AfD increased to 9.1 (8.0). It was a bitter election evening for the FDP, which was kicked out of another state parliament with 4.6 percent. In the 2021 election, the Liberals came to 7.1 percent.
Repeat election in Berlin: CDU far ahead, Red-Red-Green with a narrow majority
Berlin’s CDU achieved its strongest result in over 20 years and claimed to form a government under its leadership. A two-party alliance would be possible – either with the SPD or the Greens. But the SPD, the Greens and the Left could also continue their previous coalition. Because the SPD is just ahead of the Greens after counting all the votes, SPD Prime Minister Franziska Giffey could remain governing mayor in this case.
According to the state returning officer, there are 159 seats. Of these, the CDU received 52. The SPD and the Greens each received 34 mandates. The Left has 22 seats, the AfD 17.
CDU top candidate Wegner spoke of a “phenomenal” success and said:
“Our mission is to form a stable government.”
Berlin chose the change. He announced that he would invite the SPD and the Greens to explore. The CDU federal chairman Friedrich Merz wrote on Twitter:
“The clear government mandate for the CDU is the first step towards our goal of making the federal capital work better.”
Meanwhile, Franziska Giffey spoke of a difficult evening for her SPD – and “there is nothing to explain about that”. But it is not automatic that the CDU is now the head of government. “Even Mr. Wegner will have to organize political majorities.”
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Greens lead candidate Jarasch emphasized her preference for the continuation of the previous coalition with the SPD and the left. From her point of view, the road to a possible coalition with the CDU has “gone a little further” during the election campaign. “Because various things were exacerbated again,” she said on Sunday evening ZDF. The Greens are outraged by statements made by CDU politicians in the integration debate after the riots on New Year’s Eve and alienate their car-friendly transport policy. Nevertheless, her party will also talk to the CDU, said Jarasch.
According to experts, the CDU under Wegner benefited from the dissatisfaction with the red-green-red Senate in the repeat election ordered by the court. Rarely have bad grades been given for government policy, according to an analysis by the research group elections on Sunday evening. The fact that Giffey had little traction was also partly responsible for the good CDU and historically weak SPD results. Added to this is the weakness of the FDP and good mobilization by the CDU among older voters.
According to the election researchers, the CDU scored particularly well when it came to internal security. The SPD and Greens confirmed the research group elections loss of competence in the top issues of the election – the housing market and transport.
Around 2.4 million people were entitled to vote in the House of Representatives. Voter turnout was 63.1 percent. In 2021 it was 75.4 percent, but the Bundestag was also elected that year.
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