The far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) had a clear rebound this Sunday in the regional elections of Bavaria y Hesse and came second in both federal states behind the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) respectively, according to the polls.
Both the Bavarian Prime Minister, Markus Söder, and his colleague Boris Rhein of Hesse, are in a position to continue their coalitions with the Free Voters (FW) and the Greens respectively.
In Bavaria, the CSU won 36.5 percent, the Greens 15.5 percent, the FW 14 percent, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) 8.5 percent and the AfD 16 percent. The Liberal Party (FDP) is clearly below 5 percent and therefore outside the regional parliament.
In Hesse, the CDU won 34.5 percent, the Greens 15.5 percent, the SPD 15 percent, the AfD 17 percent and the FDP 5 percent, which would make it into the the regional parliament.
In addition to the AfD’s rise, The results punish the three governing parties in Berlinespecially the SPD of Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the FDP of Finance Minister Christian Lindner.