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European Parliament elections 2024. Germany. Media: Olaf Scholz has reasons to worry

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According to the preliminary results of the European Parliament elections in Germany, the party of the incumbent Chancellor Olaf Scholz obtained only the third result, receiving only 14 percent of support. The decision is commented on by local media.

Chancellor German Olaf Scholz has reason to worry. The victory of the CDU/CSU is due to Friedrich Merz – German media point out in the first comments to elections to the EP. They also assessed that the result of the right-wing populist AfD shows that the hard right-wing policy has its limits.

“Sueddeutsche Zeitung” assessed that “the historic defeat of the SPD is due to Chancellor Olaf Scholz” because he was the face of his party's election campaign. She emphasized that the Social Democrats' result does not bode well for either the party or the Chancellor before the Bundestag elections in 2025.

Olaf ScholzAbd Rabbo-Blondet-Niviere/PAP

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According to “SZ”, presenting Scholz as the “chancellor of peace” during the election campaign was definitely unsuccessful. The focus on a peaceful message and “saying 'no' to Taurus cruise missiles and the deployment of Western troops in Ukraine” did not convince the Germans, it was assessed.

“FAZ”: center moved to the right

According to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” daily, “the good result of the CDU/CSU shows that the center has moved to the right.” “This is primarily the success of Friedrich Merz, in whom Merkel's old supporters in his party (and in the media) did not believe for a long time. The challenge for the CDU has always been the risk of losing the center. Today, however, the center has moved to the right,” notes “FAZ.”

The German media also commented on the election result of the Alternative for Germany. “Judging by the high polls from a few months ago, (AfD – ed.) has learned that it is not immune to scandals and that the hard right-wing course has its limits,” we read.

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Die Welt emphasized that “the fact that even Sahra Wagenknecht's moderate populist party managed to attract an appropriate percentage of voters at the first attempt shows that voters are fleeing to the fringes, to parties whose positions are difficult to reconcile with a stable democratic mentality.”

According to “Die Welt”, the election result in Germany shows that populist parties are counting on “deep uncertainty and frustration with government policies that have become desperate – regardless of whether it is about climate, migration or economic issues.”

Germany – preliminary results of the European Parliament elections

Center-right Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CDU/CSU – Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands/Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern) received 30.30 percent votes. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD – Alternative für Deutschland) came second with the result 15.60 percent votes. Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD – Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) of Chancellor Olaf Scholz only won 14.10 percent votes.

The Greens (Die Grünen – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) gained support of 12 percent. The next one is the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance – for Reason and Justice (BSW – Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht – Für Vernunft und Gerechtigkeit) with the support of 5.70 percent.

The next ones are: Free Democratic Party (FDP – Freie Demokratische Partei) – 5.30 percent, Left (Die Linke) – 2.60 percent, Free Voters (FW – Freie Wähler) – 2.70 percent, Volt – Volt Deutschland – 2.70 percent ., Party for Work, the Rule of Law, Animal Protection, the Promotion of Elites and Grassroots Democracy Initiatives (Die Partei – Partei für Arbeit, Rechtsstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative) – 1.90 percent, Animal Protection Party (Tierschutzpartei – Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz) – 1.40 percent, Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP – Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei) – 0.70 percent, German Family Party (Familie – Familien-Partei Deutschlands) – 0.60 percent, German Pirate Party ( Piratenpartei Deutschland) – 0.50 percent, dieBasis party – 0.20 percent.

Other parties won 3.40 percent of the votes.

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