Berlin (dpa) – After the state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, the federal parties have started to process the results. On Monday there was a hangover mood in the Union, while hopes for new power options among the other parties grew after the federal elections in the autumn.
Following the election debacle on Sunday, CDU leader Armin Laschet called on his party to make a concerted effort for the upcoming federal election in September. It was not God-given that the CDU should provide the chancellor, he said, according to information from the German news agency of participants in a digital board meeting of his party on Monday. Accordingly, he demanded, “We must fight.”
Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Markus Söder said in Munich: “Yesterday’s elections were a heavy blow to the heart of the Union”. The defeat in the former CDU home state of Baden-Württemberg is particularly painful.
The CDU posted historically poor results in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday. There were several statements about the causes. CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak attributed the result mainly to the popularity of sitting Prime Ministers Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Malu Dreyer (SPD). But he also spoke of headwinds for the election campaigners over the “incidents” and “misconduct” of individual MPs in the so-called mask affair.
According to the information, Laschet said in the CDU board meeting that the public interest must once again determine a mandate. If someone wants to become a mask salesman, he has to – but without a mandate. In response to the mask affair, the CDU board wanted to adopt a code of conduct for civil servants and elected officials up to the municipal level on Monday. First, the newspaper “Bild” reported about the code.
CSU chief Markus Söder also sees errors in corona crisis management as a contributing cause of the CDU bankruptcies in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. In the race against time in the fight against the virus, there have been a few questions and a few loopholes in recent weeks.
According to information from the CDU and CSU on Monday, the union wants to stick to its schedule for determining the candidate for chancellor. The decision must therefore be made, as planned, between Easter and Pentecost.
Meanwhile, possible new government options after the federal elections were discussed in the other parties. Lars Klingbeil, general secretary of the SPD, spoke out on Bavarian radio in favor of a so-called traffic light coalition with the Greens and the FDP. “The traffic light is possible, and we are now fighting for that”. SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans said on Deutschlandfunk: “There are majorities on this side of the CDU and CSU, and there are also good opportunities for Olaf Scholz to be the candidate of the strongest of these parties.” SPD deputy chairman Kevin Kühnert said on the radio program SWR Aktuell: “At the federal level, we see that both three options, a traffic light and red-red-green, are not impossible.”
Meanwhile, the Green leadership braked: “It is a fully open year,” said party leader Robert Habeck in Berlin on Monday. It is too early to draw any conclusions about the situation before the federal elections. In view of the Corona crisis, Habeck emphasized that it was still completely uncertain in which state the country would then be. It is “absurdly too early” to commit to a federal government constellation now. Each constellation has the chance to initiate a new dynamic or to become entangled in the small and the small.
FDP leader Christian Lindner said Monday it was too early for coalition speculation for the post-federal election period in September. “What is important to us is which content fits together.” His party does not want to talk playfully about color theory.
The left, which missed accession to the state parliaments, is nevertheless looking forward to the federal government. The new co-chair, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, said on the Phoenix television station that there was finally an effective option to vote the CDU out of the federal government. “The fact that the CDU is self-destructive also plays in our hands.”
According to surveys, there would be no traffic light or an alliance of the Greens, the SPD and the Left in the federal government.
According to the preliminary results, the Greens in Baden-Württemberg achieved a national record result of 32.6 percent (2016: 30.3) with Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann. The previously co-governing CDU fell in its former stronghold to 24.1 percent (27.0). The SPD was 11 percent (12.7), the FDP at 10.5 (8.3) and the AfD at 9.7 percent (15.1).
In Rhineland-Palatinate, the SPD, with its popular head of government Malu Dreyer at the top, won 35.7 percent of the vote (2016: 36.2) according to the preliminary result. The CDU with Christian Baldauf as the top candidate, on the other hand, fell to 27.7 percent (31.8). It was followed by the Greens with 9.3 percent (5.3), AfD with 8.3 (12.6) and the FDP with 5.5 percent (6.2). Free voters will enter the state parliament with 5.4 percent (2.2).
In Baden-Württemberg, Kretschmann could continue the black-green coalition or form a traffic light coalition. Dreyer aims to continue the traffic light in Rhineland-Palatinate.