Merkel's failure: Germans cast vote in local elections

Last Sunday, three German states held elections to the Landtags. The population of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Saxony-Anhalt consists of 12.7 million people - almost 20% of all voters. The balance of power in the Landtags can influence the composition of the Bundesrat (the House of Representatives of the federal lands of Germany), which can block the initiatives of the government.

Super Sunday

The German media called March 13th 'Super Sunday’ in analogy with the American 'Super Tuesday'. This election was the first real assessment of the sentiment in the country since the beginning of the migration crisis. Last year, elections were held only in Hamburg and Bremen before the influx of refugees. Using the results of the election, experts can assess the general mood in society.

The new political force

The Eurosceptic party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD), which opposes the migration policy of Angela Merkel, will be represented in all 3 Landtags, while in Saxony-Anhalt AfD won with nearly 25% of the vote. Now the party will be represented in 8 of the 16 federal lands of Germany, and will significantly complicate the formation of local governments. "Traditional" parties earlier said they would not enter into a coalition with AfD, indicating that currently, AfD is the only opposition force.

Merkel's defeat

Angela Merkel's party was defeated in 2 of the 3 federal elections. Such an outcome can be considered as a worst-case scenario on the eve of the general elections in Germany in 2017. In essence, it means that today's German society is irritated to the extreme and is not ready to support the liberal agenda of the government. These results are a serious signal to Merkel, who intends to take an active part this week in the preparation of a new immigration agreement between the European Union and Turkey.