Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies in Bavaria have had their worst election performance for more than 60 years securing just 37.3 percent of the vote in a huge blow to her fragile three-party coalition government.
By – Sorcha Bradley
In a scathing tweet, Italian deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini claimed the electoral blow to Mrs Merkel’s government showed “the old system had lost” and praised electoral gains by anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany.
Mr Salvini said: “In Bavaria change has won and the European Union, the old system that has always been poor in Brussels, has lost. This was a historical defeat for Christian Democrats and Socialists, while for the first time many of the AFD friends are entering the Regional Parliament.
“Goodbye Merkel, Schultz and Juncker.”
Ms Merkel’s conservative allies in Bavaria have had their worst election performance for more than 60 years sparking calls for “something to change” from her Social Democrats coalition partner and claims of an “end of an era” for the leader.
The Christian Social Union (CSU) secured just 37.3 percent of the vote, which is expected to deal a blow to her fragile three-party coalition government.
The results reveal that the Greens have won 17.8 percent of the vote and the Conservative Free Voters have won 11 percent of the vote.
The Social Democrats (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles said that the “poor performance” of the federal government in Berlin was one of the reasons for her party’s weak showing in Bavaria.
She said: “It’s clear that something has to change”.
This comment is especially devastating to Chancellor Merkel as she only managed to secure a fourth term in power after the SPD backed a coalition deal earlier this year.
Prior to their agreement of a coalition, there had been six months of uncertainty and Germany had been without a government for the longest time in its postwar history.
The SPD won nine percent of the vote in the elections.
For the second time this year, Merkel’s party will be scrambling for coalition allies, either the Conservative Free voters or the Greens.
Chancellor Merkel angered many voters in Germany for her immigration policies, which has seen more than a million people enter the country since 2015.
The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 11 percent of the vote and has now entered the 15th of Germany’s 16 state assemblies.
President of the Atlantic Council think tank Fred Kempe said: “The political earthquake was in Bavaria, but the aftershocks will be felt in Berlin.
Read more: From 2018/06/17