This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
A PARTIAL rerun of Germany’s 2021 election in Berlin brought a decline in support for the governing parties and cost one of them a seat in parliament, official results showed today.
The repeat election was held Sunday in 455 of 2,256 precincts in the capital, which account for only 0.9 per cent of the national electorate.
Germany’s highest court in December ruled that certain districts had to rerun their vote because of they had run out of ballot papers or received the wrong ones during the September 2021 election.
Sunday’s outcome showed noticeable declines in support in Berlin for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats and for the smallest party in the coalition, the Free Democrats, while support for the third governing party, the environmentalist Greens, was down only slightly.
The centre-right opposition Christian Democrats, who currently lead nationwide polls, gained support, as did the far-right Alternative for Germany, whose strength has doubled in national surveys since 2021.
Germany’s complex electoral system meant that low turnout in Sunday’s voting, only 69.5 per cent, cost Berlin four seats. Three of those were redistributed to other states. The fourth, held by the Free Democrats, was eliminated — meaning the Bundestag shrinks by a single seat to 735 seats.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.