Skip to Content

Separating Green garbage in state elections, Germany

Green pro-immigration prospects in German state elections look dim

Germany's far-left Green party have already lost in two German states in regional elections in the past year, and its future in federal and regional politics since its 1980 founding, with pro-immigration leaders like Cem Özdemir, born from Turkish migrants, look dim.

Published: May 7, 2017, 12:19 pm

    Read more


    In the most recent surveys by the Forsa Institute, Germany’s leading pollster, their prospects aren’t very encouraging. In just the past year, Green lawmakers lost in the state parliaments of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saarland after coming in under the 5 percent minimum.

    Voters in Germany’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein, will be voting today in a closely-watched regional election. The poll is being seen as a test of the left as well as Merkel’s popularity ahead September’s federal election.

    The Greens had forced Germany to begin entirely phasing out nuclear power, and with only more immigration proposed to replace their most effective stand, the Greens have plummeted. Sensing a rising tide against immigration, Green Party co-chairwoman Katrin Göring-Eckardt used a major newspaper interview to focus entirely on simplifying household waste separation, hardly a sexy political issue.

    Around 2.3 million people are eligible to vote in Sunday’s regional election, with analysts predicting a good chance a different coalition to be voted in, suggesting a partnership between the SPD, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), or a coalition of the CDU, the Greens and the FDP and keeping the rising AfD out.

    With key regional elections only 11 days away in NRW, the Green party is polling less than the Alternative for Germany (AfD), and the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP). The latter are fierce competitors of the Greens, as both attract the well-educated, working-age and financially comfortable.

    Elections to the legislature in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), will be held May 14. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens have governed there since 2010 under state premier Hannelore Kraft (SPD).

    Traditionally, the NRW election is also of significance for federal politics with 13 million voters, one-fifth of the German electorate. Not infrequently, results in NRW initiates developments at the federal level. In 2005, the defeat of the SPD in NRW led to the premature end of the federal coalition.

    This regional election is often referred to as “a smaller-scale Bundestag [federal parliament] election.” According to opinion polls, however the current government of Kraft and her deputy state premier Sylvia Löhrmann (Greens) will be punished in the election on 14 May.

    The SPD has determined state politics in NRW since 1966; its reign was interrupted for only five years by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)-FDP government under premier Jürgen Rüttgers (2005-2010). Since 1995, the Greens have been involved in all SPD state governments, lately inviting in migrants, and ignoring workers.

    In recent surveys by Infratest dimap, the SPD is only polling about 34 percent and the Greens could fail to clear the 5 percent hurdle required for entry into the state parliament. Five years ago, the SPD won 39.1 percent of the vote and the Greens 11.3 percent.

    The CDU vote could increase by almost 10 percent, while the Alternative for Germany (AfD) could rise to more than 20 percent in the region’s social hotspots where workers in the Ruhr are increasingly facing unemployment and with cities facing rigorous austerity measures which have reduced all the services provided by the municipalities to the legally prescribed minimum, the leftist parties have seen their voter base eroded.

    The unemployment rate is above 15 or 20 percent or more, especially in the northern districts. One in three children in the Ruhr area — one in two in some districts — lives in a household dependent on the minimal “Hartz IV” welfare grants.

    “In no other federal state is so little money spent per pupil as in North Rhine-Westphalia,” the Federal Statistical Office’s educational financial report noted and teachers’ workloads have grown exponentially under the “red-green” rule as Greens claim to manage refugee policy.

    The CDU top candidate and regional chairman in NRW, Armin Laschet, is exploiting the refugee problem in his election campaign. For weeks, he has called for more powers for the police, more video surveillance, and the consistent deportation of asylum seekers who fall foul of the law. His campaign is being conducted under the motto “zero tolerance” in a effort to attract AfD voters.

    In its election brochures, the SPD counters by claiming it has trained almost twice as many police officers as the CDU state governments, also courting possible AfD supporters.

    The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is thriving with growing unemployment and poverty, especially in the Ruhr area. It kicked off its NRW election campaign in Essen in the beginning of April with a converted Social Democrat, Guido Reil, now standing for the AfD. The trademark of this works council representative for the Mining, Chemical and Energy (IGBCE) trade union at the Prosper Haniel (Bottrop) coal mine, is his agitation against open borders to allow yet more refugees into the state.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    EU Migration Pact: Breaking Eastern European resistance

    Critics fear that this pact will not only accelerate immigration, but that the pact is intended to break the resistance of the Eastern European states to migration.

    Researchers sound the alarm: Swedes will be minority in 45 years

    HelsinkiA Swedish weekly has revealed figures from Statistics Sweden that show that in as many as 18 municipalities, children with two Swedish-born parents are already a minority. Minority status for Swedish newborns now prevail in large cities such as Malmö, Helsingborg and Eskilstuna, but also in rural municipalities such as Lessebo, Hylte and Fagersta.

    Merkel welcomes 3000 arsonists from Moria migrant camp

    BerlinThe CDU, under Angela Merkel, has developed into a party which permanently violates German law. This week, the chancellor announced the latest breach of law in welcoming the arsonists from Moria.

    Turkish agents in Germany ‘a ticking time bomb’

    BerlinIs Turkey spying on Germany? Does Ankara support Turkish extremists in Germany? Stefan Keuter, deputy in the Bundestag for the Eurosceptic AfD party, recently wanted to know exactly what was going on between the two countries. He has received rather disturbing answers from Berlin.

    Dutch legal experts comment on Wilders’ conviction

    LeidenPaul Cliteur is a professor in Leiden, The Netherlands, a member of the Senate with Forum for Democracy, and the author of, among others, The State vs Wilders. Cliteur commented on the curious verdict recently announced against Geert Wilders.

    Doubts about the official Navalny narrative

    International experts, journalists and politicians have all expressed considerable doubts and criticism about the official poisoning story of Alexei Navalny.

    The Wilders trial – a travesty of justice

    The HagueGeert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom [Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV] in the Netherlands, has been convicted of disparaging a "racial" group - criminal Moroccans.

    German left-wing politicians justify violence in Leipzig

    LeipzigGerman President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has not yet condemned the left-wing extremist excesses of violence in Leipzig in which police officers were injured in battles against the "autonomist" Antifa sympathizers. And he is not the only politician supporting the extremists.

    EU pushes ahead with undemocratic and ideological UN Migration Pact

    The EU Commission has quietly and surreptitiously proceeded with its unpopular Migration Pact. The globalists obviously do not want to debate the issue in public.

    Mayor of Antwerp bets on heavy artillery against immigrant gangs

    Antwerp The mayor of Antwerp has mobilized great resources to put an end to the organized crime which is rampant in the Belgian port metropolis.

    Go to archive