The Union and the Greens are happy, the SPD is licking its wounds: the NRW election was also seen as a political Corona vote test. This is how the German press views the state.
The local elections in NRW were the last political ballot test this year – and that in the middle of the Corona crisis: the CDU is even happy with slight losses, knowing that coalition partner SPD has been hit hard again. The Greens claim to be the new people’s party, but the anti-Merkel and anti-Corona party AfD barely had a chance. So there is a lot to discuss the day after the polls. And so the consequences of the NRW elections occupied the press far beyond state borders.
Ostfriesen-Zeitung (empty): “It turns out that the two big parties sitting all over town halls have lost their approval. That in itself would be nothing new if we hadn’t been dealing with the corona virus for months, which the CDU and SPD have been relatively good so far. In fact, it seemed to many analysts, observers, election investigators, etc., that the protagonists should have been rewarded for this. It is quite possible that things will end differently with more votes. What does that mean for the town halls? Consideration is being given to not only explaining the corona policy more transparently and, above all, better, and that only starts with an open deal with the press and citizens. ‘
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: “The CDU can maintain its position with slight losses. So no new headwind for Prime Minister Armin Laschet, rather even a light tailwind. In the internal power struggle for the CDU top he can – unlike Friedrich Merz or Norbert Röttgen – To continue as head of government and election winner. On the other hand, the SPD has failed to stop its downward trend. There is almost no trace of an ‘Olaf Scholz effect’ in NRW. A dramatic signal. “
Robert Habeck, Federal Chairman of the Greens: After the NRW elections, he can feel that his party’s course has been confirmed. (Source: Roland Weihrauch / dpa)
New Osnabrück newspaper: Prime Minister Armin Laschet can look forward to: his CDU clearly shows his position as the main force. In May, still criticized as a Corona light footer, Laschet can now interpret the election results as evidence of his (regained) leadership qualities. in the race for CDU Presidency and candidate for Chancellor For Green bosses Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, the results are euphoric Even if the ecoparty on the Rhine and Ruhr area benefited from the youth effect, as municipal elections can be made from 16. And the SPD? Olaf Scholz had a similar fate to his predecessor Schulz? Instead of new hope, there was a genuine anti-SPD vote in NRW. “
Weser Courier (Bremen): “It was no surprise that the SPD would give up in the local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. The election of the new leadership duo had already clearly shown how far the officials have moved away from their electoral base. Who is still in the middle – between steel and coal. Stamped – Ruhr on the issue of climate protection, it is running an excellent election campaign – for the Greens. The SPD has honestly earned its historically poor election result. As long as the party does not understand how it can finally defend the interests of its traditional voters again, the decline will last before. “
Won, but not the big winner: Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, gives the local elections a limited tailwind. (Source: Federico Gambarini / dpa)
Aachen newspaper: “In the Corona crisis, the local elections were a particular challenge. It was, as one could say, well run. (…) It was a good Sunday for the potential CDU president and candidate for Chancellor Armin Laschet. action by the CDU to approve its corona crisis management. In the race for higher positions, that means a tailwind for Laschet. (…) Politicians did well to stick to the original election date. (…) Likely election date. The NRW state elections are in May 2022. Before that, the Bundestag will be elected. Hopefully everything will be back to normal. If not, the elections will go ahead anyway. That is an important lesson from these local elections. “
Chillreport (Berlin): The elections in North Rhine-Westphalia confirm the long-term national political trend. The Greens can profile themselves as the new people’s party. And the SPD is in danger of losing this status. In a Federal Republic of Germany over 70 years old, it is not necessarily dramatic if things change in the long run. But a central question arises: who is actually the voice of “the common people” after the SPD? Some may still be represented at the polls by the SPD, others by the left, some by the AfD, and of course the Union and the Greens also want to represent some “little people”. The result: Social Democracy as an institution has had its day. Read more about it here.
Frankenpost (Hof): “Again, the strengths of the executive branch are noticeable, which the SPD is unable to exploit for itself despite the grand coalition in the federal government. It has to accept heavy losses in North Rhine-Westphalia. There is no sign of an effect of the early Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz … his comrades are definitely not felt. And that in a federal state where the Reds have set the tone for decades. If that is a foretaste of the SPD’s actions in the federal election – well, goodnight! ‘
Hessische Allgemeine Zeitung (Kassel): “There are 14 million eligible voters in North Rhine-Westphalia. That is about the same as in all five East German states, more than in some EU states. You have Prime Minister Armin Laschet’s ambitions for the CDU presidency and also for the Chancellor. Even though the CDU lost slightly in total compared to the local elections in 2014, it clearly won the elections. The fact that the Greens achieved strong growth at the same time is a breath of fresh air for black-green ambitions in the federal government. This is exactly what Laschet stands for. The strong The loss of votes by the SPD in their former core area confirms the black-green trend. But they also illustrate a dramatic loss of confidence among voters in the SPD. SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans was once Minister of Finance in North Rhine-Westphalia, has been forgotten, has certainly not helped. ”
Volksstimme (Magdeburg): “The tendency for black and green is stabilizing. Local elections also reflect to some extent the federal trend. And it is particularly painful for the SPD that this trend is so clearly negative in its former stronghold. Nowhere are there more Social Democrats in the . ” Local associations. Nowhere have there been so many regular voters for generations. The election of Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans as federal chairmen by a frustrated left-wing base did damage. The shift to the left, put into perspective by Olaf Scholz’s prompt appointment, did not help. The Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia profit, the left hardly loses. The SPD becomes a 20 percent party in its home country. Where will voters come from next year to make Olaf Scholz chancellor with a red-red-green majority? Armin Laschet’s application This election does not give wings to the presidency of the CDU, but it does keep him in the running. “