Angela Merkel’s CDU on verge of exclusion from power as smaller parties surge ahead

CDU's 'image is fading' in Germany says expert

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The damning results against the Chancellor’s CDU in the southern Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate states saw the CDU lose to both the Green party and Social Democrats (SPD) respectively. The votes come as Angela Merkel’s Government faces criticism for its handling of the pandemic and a PPE procurement scandal which has seen three German MPs forced to resign.

Speaking to CNBC International, Arne Jungjohann of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, an independent political foundation based in Germany said: “The Conservative Party under Angela Merkel has built up this image of being indispensable, as being the natural governing party in Germany.

“Since last night that image is fading away.”

Mr Jungjohann explained how the changing nature of the German political system has plunged the CDU into crisis.

He said the “new normal” coalition is a coalition with three parties and did not require two parties anymore.

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The analyst told CNBC International: “Parties can form governments without the CDU.

“We are seeing coalitions across party camps.”

He added how one of the parties that are making the most out of this is the Green party.

Mr Jungjohann said: “The former political claims of the political left and the political right, they are somewhat dissolving.

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“They (the Green Party) are able to govern both on the centre-left and the centre-right.”

Asked if the regional votes will be reflected in the upcoming national elections in September, Mr Jungjohann said: “We are seeing a fundamental shift in Germany’s political system.

“I would say over the last years and this is continuing here.

He said as a result Germany has seen an “Increasing fluidity on the state level and that regions serve as leverages at the federal level.”

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In neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are projected to retain power with about 35 percent.

The CDU had led in opinion polls, but it is predicted to get only 27 percent of the vote.

In Baden-Württemberg, the Green Party is predicted to hang on to power with about 32 percent of the vote

The CDU is predicted 24 percent in the state, less than at the previous poll in 2016.

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