Hamburg In the general election in Hamburg, the FDP narrowly failed at the five percent hurdle. According to the preliminary official final result, the Liberals came to 4.9 percent and thus missed the entry into the state parliament. However, top FDP candidate Anna von Treuenfels-Frowein won a mandate in her Blankenese constituency. According to the first figures from Sunday evening, the FDP was still at 5.0 percent. In the election five years ago, the FDP won 7.4 percent.
As reported by the state election office on Monday, the AfD managed to re-enter the city with 5.3 percent (2015: 6.1 percent). The SPD was strongest by Mayor Peter Tschentscher with 39.2 percent (45.6). The Greens came in second place under top candidate Katharina Fegebank with 24.2 percent (12.3). The CDU accounted for 11.2 (15.9) and the Left 9.1 percent (8.5). The final result is scheduled for March 11.
123 deputies will sit in the citizenship. The SPD gets 54 seats, the Greens 33. 15 mandates go to the CDU, 13 to the Left and 7 to the AfD. There is also the headquarters of Treuenfels-Frowein. The constituent meeting of the new citizens is scheduled for March 18.
The Liberals were disappointed. “I think that’s a shame. For us as a party, this is of course a sad result, ”said von Treuenfels-Frowein on the sidelines of a state board meeting. FDP boss Christian Lindner wrote on Twitter: “But @AnnaVTreuenfels will have a liberal vote in the citizenship – a little consolation and the starting point for the next attempt. “
The fact that FDP candidate Thomas Kemmerich from CDU and AfD had been elected prime minister in Thuringia is seen as a main reason for the poor performance of Christian Democrats and Liberals in Hamburg. This caused a loss of trust among the citizens, said von Treuenfels-Frowein. “It was very, very difficult for us to catch up in a short time.”
CDU top candidate Marcus Weinberg missed the entry into the citizenship. As state returning officer Oliver Rudolf announced, all 15 mandates of the CDU were awarded through constituency mandates. The Altona member of the Bundestag only ran on the state list. Also without a mandate was the state chairman Roland Heintze, who had taken third place on the state list.
“Marcus Weinberg was our top candidate in the election campaign. (…) He fought a lot and then not getting the mandate is really bitter, ”said CDU state chairman Roland Heintze, who also came out empty on third place in the list. At first, he did not want to comment on Weinberg’s political future. “Marcus Weinberg is first a member of the Bundestag, I think he has to find himself now.”
On the sidelines of a state board meeting, Heintze said about the possible personal consequences of the election flop: “The question is not yet pending for me, I would like to wait for the discussion.” The election result is to be discussed at a party conference on Thursday. “First of all – and this is also my role – we have to do a thorough work-up, look closely, where are the causes that were here in Hamburg?”
SPD wins Hamburg election – Greens in second place
Even the candidate for the list, Tom Radtke, who was later unwanted by the Hamburg left, will not belong to the new citizens. According to the preliminary official end result, the 18-year-old, who had caused national outrage at the end of January through a relativizing Holocaust tweet, did not receive the necessary votes. “I was not elected, but I will continue to do politics,” he tweeted on Monday evening. Radtke was 20th the left country list. According to the left, party exclusion proceedings are now underway against him.
The student had introduced himself as a climate and network activist in his election application. Later he had made serious allegations online against leaders of the Fridays for Future movement as well as leftists and Greens. Most recently he had posted a picture of himself with a flag of the identity movement classified as extreme right by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution one day before the state elections – from the memorial for the Nazi-murdered Communist leader Ernst Thälmann.
SPD wants appointments for exploratory talks quickly
The Hamburg SPD wants to offer Greens and CDU appointments for exploratory talks this week. “We don’t want Hamburg to wait longer than necessary for a new government,” said SPD state chairwoman and social senator Melanie Leonhard during a meeting of the state executive board. Mayor Tschentscher emphasized: “We will soon approach the Greens first, but in a second step we will also approach the CDU and offer a discussion.” The “first option” is a red-green coalition agreement.
Fegebank does not expect simple exploratory talks and coalition negotiations with the SPD. “Our issues are on the table with a clear mandate for green to make those issues stronger in the next government,” said Fegebank before a meeting of the citizens’ group with old and new MPs. CDU top candidate Marcus Weinberg announced that his party would not ignore an offer of talks by the SPD.
After the short re-entry into the Hamburg citizenship, the AfD wants to pay more attention to the wording of its officials. According to her top staff, she also expects this from representatives of other parties. Everyone would have to disarm verbally – “We sometimes made a mistake in the choice of words,” said the chairman of the AfD parliamentary group, Alexander Gauland, in Berlin. He also denied a radicalization of his party.
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