FIRST GREEN GOVERNOR in Germany
Winfried Kretschmann first Green Governor in a big german country (7.6mio people)
+++ Vorl. amtliches Ergebnis Rheinland-Pfalz:
PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL RESULTS
* SPD 35,7 % Labour-party (like tony blair)
* CDU 35,2 % conservative (repugnicans)
* FDP 4,2 % liberal = vulgar capitalist
* Grüne 15,4 % greens = mild socialist, environment
* Linke 3,0 % left = mild leftist, socialist
* Sonstige 6,5 % the rest
+++ Vorl. amtliches Ergebnis in Baden-Württemberg:
* CDU 39,0 %
* SPD 23,1 %
* Grüne 24,2 % << green gouvernor!! wow!
* FDP 5,3 %
* Linke 2,8 %
* Sonstige 5,6 %
VOTER TURNOUT 66 per cent of eligble voters (up from 53% in 2006).
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a historic loss in Baden-Württemberg on Sunday, ending nearly six decades in power. The Greens will lead a German state for the first time.
|Summary of the 27 March 2011 election results for the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg|
|Party||Ideology||Vote % (change)||Seats (change)||Seat %|
|Christian Democratic Union (CDU)||Christian democracy, Conservatism||39||-5.2||60||-9||-15|
|Alliance '90/The Greens (Die Grünen)||Green politics||24.2||+12.5||36||+19||+111.8|
|Social Democratic Party (SPD)||Social democracy, Third way||23.1||-2.1||35||-3||-7.9|
|Free Democratic Party (FDP)||Classical liberalism |
profit before people
|Die Linke (formerly WASG)||Democratic socialism||2.8||-0.3|
|Pirate Party (Pirates)||Freedom of Information||2.1||+2.1|
|The Republicans||Nationalism, National conservatism||1.1||-1.4|
The environmentalist Greens and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) managed an unprecedented political upset in the rich southwestern state, which is normally a stronghold for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Preliminary official results showed that the Greens won 24.2 percent while the SPD took 23.1 percent.
The incumbent CDU and their pro-business Free Democratic (FDP) allies managed 44.3 percent between them, with the conservatives winning 39 percent and the FDP 5.3 percent.
Merkel's Christian Democrats have governed Baden-Württemberg since 1953, but anger over her nuclear policy in light of the Japan crisis as well as decisions on Libya and the euro angered voters in the run-up to the poll.
"We've achieved a historic election victory," said Winfried Kretschmann, who is likely to become Germany's first state premier from the Green party. "I'd like to thank those that voted for us - especially those voting for us for the first time."
In another state election in neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate, the Social Democrats looked set to stay in office, but will have to share power with the Greens.
The SPD won 35.8 percent of the vote, the CDU 35.3 percent, and the Greens 15.4 percent. The FDP, which won only 4.2 percent, failed to clear the five-percent hurdle to win seats in the Rhineland-Palatinate state legislature.
The outcome will increase the pressure on Germany's already embattled Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the FDP leader, although analysts said Merkel's centre-right coalition was expected to survive.
"This is a difficult evening for us. We're naturally disappointed by the election results," Westerwelle said in Berlin. "Energy policy was decisive. It was a referendum about atomic energy and we have gotten the message."
But beyond a crushing blow to morale in Berlin, the double state defeat will make it even harder for Merkel to pass legislation in the Bundesrat upper house and likely prompt fresh calls for her to shore up her conservative credentials.
Campaigning was dominated by the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, where officials Sunday discovered high radiation levels in water leaked from a stricken reactor at the Fukushima plant.
Calling Japan's crisis a "turning point," Merkel suspended for three months an earlier decision to extend the lifetime of Germany's nuclear reactors, four of which are based in Baden-Württemberg.
Nuclear power is highly unpopular in Germany, and an estimated 250,000 people took to the streets across the country on Saturday to protest against the government's energy policy.
But the elections confirmed that voters saw Merkel's atomic reversal as an electoral ploy that cost her conservatives support while boosting the anti-nuclear Green party.
MEANWHILE IN FRANCE
(Reuters) - The opposition Socialist Party was the clear winner of French departmental elections on Sunday (27 march 2011)and the far-right National Front also scored highly in a blow to President Nicolas Sarkozy a year before he faces re-election.
With more than 80 percent of votes counted, the left had 36 percent, double the ruling conservative UMP party's 18.6 percent, the Interior Ministry said.
The National Front, which has surged in opinion polls under new leader Marine Le Pen, took 11 percent. If the anti-immigrant party had had candidates running in every department, that level of support could have given it a score of 25 percent.
The elections to pick local councillors across half of France's departments were the last big test of sentiment before an April 2012 vote set to pit the unpopular Sarkozy against much stronger left-wing rivals and a surging far right.
| TURNOUT || 2011 || % 2011 || 2006 || % 2006 ||Diff ||Diff % |
|valid votes ||4.980.114||98,6||3.960.615||98,7||+1.019.499||-0,1|