The European Election changed Germany’s federal landscape of party competition. For the first time in a nationwide election, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the Greens) are in second place, in front of the SPD (the Social Democrats). The election result also reflects a strong regional bias: While the Greens made gains in the cities in particular, the AfD’s heartlands are the structurally backward, rural regions regions, esp. in some areas of eastern Germany. The European Election followed its own agenda in Germany to an extent not seen in the past. Never before did European topics play such a decisive part in the outcome.
This E-Paper analyse the results of the European Election in Germany and the specific impacts on national politics and the competition between the parties in Germany.