June 15, 2021

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In Germany, the last election test before the end of the Merkel era was largely won by conservatives

They were afraid to find a way. The Conservatives finally won, Sunday, June 6, at Saxony-Anholt. With 37%, President Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has won a landslide victory in this land of the former GTR, far ahead of the far – right Alternative (AFT) party in Germany, with 20.8%, certainly a good Scored but did not achieve its purpose: to take the lead for the first time in a regional election.

Because they were last before the September 26 Assembly elections, they will determine Mr. Name.Me Merkel, these elections were eagerly awaited. Their results led to a descriptive war between those interested in giving them a national significance and those desiring to bring their significance forward by recalling Saxony-Unhold with 2.2 million people. Eleventh most populous land (in 16).

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Not surprisingly, CDU General Secretary Paul Jimiak was the first. “For us, this is a sensationally good score.”, He commented, Sunday evening, provoking “Moderate winds for Assembly elections”. It oscillated between 25% and 30% of the last voting objectives, with the CDU gaining 7.2 points compared to 2016’s regional points (29.8%). He has never had such a score at Saxony-Anholt since his massive success in 2002 (37.3%).

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How to explain such success? For some, the shock of a referendum leading to Afti ten days before the election was decisive: the CDU would have benefited from a useful vote by mobilizing right-wing voters on the last line, while fearing a referendum. Above all it is interested in blocking the extreme right.

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For others, it was the personality of his candidate, Rainer Hasselop, that was decisive. As head of Saxony-Anhalt since 2011, this tough politician has never hesitated to express his disagreements with Angela Merkel, even if it is considered too generous in terms of her immigration policy, or whether she manages the health crisis too. Conservative than the Chancellor, but refuses to cooperate with AFTI – unlike some CDU elected officials in the region – he effectively confronted the electorate as a spokesman for the East. Berlin, Was charged with negligence “New Lander” As a result of reunification. In 2019, the same strategy that allowed his colleague Michael Gretchmer (CDU) to be re-elected as Saxony’s leader was far more far-right than he had anticipated.

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