The Traffic Light Coalition, led by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and made up of Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Liberals (FDP), faced significant setbacks in the recent European Parliament election.

According to exit polls by the Infratest Dimap Institute for the ARD TV channel, the SPD registered around 14% of the votes, decreasing 1.8 percentage points compared to 2019.

The Greens had approximately 12% of the vote, reflecting a drop of 8.5 percentage points, while the FDP remained with 5% of the vote.

In contrast, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) together achieved 29.5% of the vote, marking an increase of 0.6 percentage points.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 16.5% of the vote, an increase of 5.5 percentage points since the last election.

Kevin Kuehnert, general secretary of the SPD, highlighted the need to analyze errors in the party’s mobilization.

The defeat increases pressure on the Traffic Light Coalition, especially with regional elections scheduled for September in the states of Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia, regions with a strong AfD presence.

After the results were released, the conservative bloc, led by the CDU and CSU, urged Scholz to consider a vote of confidence in the Bundestag.

Carsten Linnemann, general secretary of the CDU, and Friedrich Merz, leader of the CDU, expressed that the Traffic Light Coalition must reconsider its policies or call new elections.

With information from Sputnik


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