European elections strike FEAR in German elite as vote set to SHAKE UP EU

Climate change has become a huge issue for voters following global protests over the last few months, which could impact the elections this week. The Green Party also did well in the German local elections last year, which was nicknamed the “Green wave”. The surge in support for the Greens could result in the Social Democrat Party (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Grand coalition losing votes.

Ursula Munch, the director of the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing, says that even though it is the European Parliament being elected, the results will be “looked at from a national point of view” in Germany.

The SPD has lead German governments under three different chancellors.

In the last European Elections, the SPD received more than 27 percent of the vote.

But recent polls have suggested support for the party is now 10 percent lower this time around.

Politico has reported the SPD are expected to win just 16 percent of the vote in the EU elections.

This will be 13 percent behind the conservatives and about two or three behind the Greens.

Ms Munch added this could result in “unprecedented drama” for Germany’s ruling parties.

But she does not believe this will be the end for the SPD.

She said: “The SPD can get nervous, or watch the CDU get nervous.”

Some polls are even suggesting the Green Party could double their result of the 2017 General Election, where they got 8.9 percent of the vote.

Most of the other parties in Germany are said to be “worse off” than in the last General Election and would not want to hold another one after the results of the EU elections.

Ms Munch said: “The Greens would be interested in a new election, but all others are not.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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