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World Local elections North Rhine-Westphalia: But not so powerful

01:05  28 september  2020
01:05  28 september  2020 Source:   xml.zeit.de

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The 2017 North Rhine - Westphalia state election was held on 14 May 2017 to elect the members of the Landtag of North Rhine - Westphalia . The incumbent coalition government of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and The Greens led by Minister-President Hannelore Kraft was defeated.

The Landtag of North Rhine - Westphalia is the state parliament (Landtag) of the German federal state of North Rhine - Westphalia , which convenes in the state capital of Düsseldorf, in the eastern part of the district of Hafen.

The second round of local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia shows: The SPD is alive, the Greens are creating something historic. Armin Laschet's CDU, on the other hand, had believed many more.

Für Nordrhein-Westfalens Ministerpräsidenten und Bewerber um den Vorsitz der Bundes-CDU, Armin Laschet, galten die Kommunalwahlen als Stimmungstest. © Peter Steffen / dpa For North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister and applicant for the chairmanship of the Federal CDU, Armin Laschet, the local elections were considered a test of mood.

After the NRW local elections two weeks ago , Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) was visibly relieved. His party had just achieved the worst result in NRW local elections in history with 34.3 percent. But Laschet and the CDU had expected far worse. And so in the evening he beamed into the cameras like a student who has just passed the school leaving examination. Even if there were only local elections, there was a clear message in it: The vote should give Laschet tailwind on his planned path to the CDU boss and possibly the Chancellery.

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www.investing.com/analysis/ election -in- north - rhine - westphalia -and-gold-200189452. Moreover, on Sunday, Merkel’s party won a state election in North Rhine - Westphalia (it gained about 33 percent of the votes, while the SPD took around 31 percent).

The elections are really over only since tonight . In numerous municipalities and 15 major cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, the mayor and mayoral candidates had to run for the runoff election. The balance sheet in the metropolises: Dortmund remains red, the SPD is still alive, the Greens create something historical - and the CDU is not as powerful as some might think. In some cities, the Union even suffered crashing defeats.

CDU slippers in Aachen, Keupen and Bonn

The result in his hometown Aachen should be particularly annoying for Laschet. Here, the non-party Sibylle Keupen, supported by the Greens, won with around 75 percent of the votes against her CDU challenger. In Bonn, Katja Dörner won green against black - a historic triumph. The CDU incumbent in Hamm also had no chance. Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann has ruled the city in Westphalia since 1999, which after a dissolute wedding around three weeks ago had become the largest corona hotspot in Germany. It remains unclear whether and to what extent the consequences of the superspreading event influenced the voters; the result, however, is clear: In the runoff election against the SPD politician Marc Herter, Hunsteger-Petermann got just 25 percent.

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The Politics of North Rhine - Westphalia takes place within a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic. The two main parties are the Centre-right Christian Democratic Union and the Centre-left Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

A consolation for the CDU: After all, it has recaptured the state capital Düsseldorf from the SPD . But it did well in the runoff elections. It almost seems that at least individual candidates in their home country can still convince voters. In the first round of voting two weeks ago, the social democrats across the country fell to the historic low in NRW local elections of 24.3 percent. If Dortmund, which was sworn to the Social Democratic Chamber of Hearts, had also fallen in the runoff election, one might have thought that the SPD would come to an end. Ironically, the Greens wanted to help the CDU in storming the last red bastion. You had issued a recommendation for the CDU challenger Andreas Hollstein. It wasn't enough.

Maybe you have to remember the name Thomas Westphal.

The defense of the Dortmund town hall is balm for the battered soul of social democracy. And that on the day when ex-comrade Wolfgang Clement died . The former Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, a child of the Ruhr area, carried out comprehensive reforms of the social system and the labor market as "super minister" for Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Protection against dismissal was relaxed, social benefits canceled, and the unemployed were generally suspected of being lazy to cup the state. Schröder and Clement were celebrated by the economy; for die-hard socialists, however, they betrayed the original values ​​of social democracy - and thus initiated its decline. What would you have said if Dortmund had gone black today? Maybe that's why one should remember the name of the man who from now on has to bear the burden of the heart chamber for the SPD: Thomas Westphal.

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Local elections .

The North Rhine - Westphalia state election , 2005, was conducted on 22 May 2005, to elect members to the Landtag (state legislature) of North Rhine - Westphalia in Germany. It was a victory for the Christian Democratic Union, who received enough seats to form a coalition with their preferred partner

Elsewhere, the black-green pact against the SPD was quite successful. In Wuppertal, the CDU-supported Green candidate Uwe Schneidewind won. The former head of the climate institute prevailed wafer-thinly against the social democratic incumbent. In Cologne, Lord Mayor Henriette Reker, supported by the CDU and the Greens, won through with around 60 percent of the vote. But it was already considered a success for the SPD candidate Andreas Kossiski that he was able to force his rival into the runoff election. That was probably less due to Kossiski's program than to the pale term of office of the non-party Reker. In total, NRW now has four mayors: two Greens, one non-party and, with Karin Welge in Gelsenkirchen, also a social democrat.

Nationwide majority for black and green

Nationwide, however, voters apparently see the future as black and green. According to a survey by Infratest Dimap for Die Welt am Sonntag, 49 percent of those questioned prefer a coalition of the Union and the Greens. Only 34 percent would welcome an alliance of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party. The voters want to cope with the climate crisis, but not without an economic corrective. The SPD looks into the tube. They can score just as little with climate policy as they do with economic expertise. Nevertheless, they remained important issues that are part of the party's DNA: work and social justice. But it is precisely here that the SPD has apparently lost credibility.

Meanwhile, the Greens could actually calmly prepare for an alliance with the CDU in the coming year at the federal level - if it weren't for their own supporters. The majority of the Greens voters do not think much of turning to the Union. 60 percent would prefer to see their party in a coalition with the SPD and the Left. Perhaps that will also give social democracy a boost.

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