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AfD triumphs in eastern Germany

The AfD has caused a political earthquake in the European elections in the eastern federal states of Germany. In Saxony and Brandenburg, it was the strongest party in the EU election, and in Thuringia it was just behind the CDU in second place.

Published: May 27, 2019, 10:45 am

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    In Saxony, the AfD more than doubled its 2014 result (10,1 percent) and won 25,3 percent of the vote. In contrast, the CDU fell from 34,5 percent to 23 percent. The Greens increased to 10,3 percent.

    The picture looked similar in Brandenburg: Here, the AfD came to 19,9 percent, nearly doubling its 2014 total. The CDU came second with 18 percent, ahead of the ruling SPD, which received 17,2 percent and almost lost ten points. Green and Left each accounted for 12,3 percent of the ballot.

    In Thuringia, the CDU reached 24,7 percent, which corresponds to a loss of 7,1 points compared to 2014. By contrast, the AfD rose by 15,1 points to 22,5 percent. Left and SPD both lost voters and scored 13,8 and 11,0 percent respectively, their worst European election result. The Greens increased by 3,6 percentage points to 8,6 percent.

    In Saxony-Anhalt, the AfD came to 20,4 percent in second place behind the CDU, which received 23,2 percent of the vote. The SPD totalled 12,5 percent, the Left Party 14,4 and the Greens came to 9,2 percent.

    In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the AfD moved ahead 17,7 percent to beat the SPD, which came in second place. This corresponds to an increase of about ten points. The strongest force was the CDU with 24,5 percent, despite losses of about ten points.

    The Social Democrats received only 15,6 percent – they were at 21,1 percent in 2014. The Left Party received 13,9 percent, and the Greens came to 10,8 percent.

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