2024 European elections: German exit polls point to far right gains

2024 European elections: German exit polls point to far right gains
Got some very preliminary exit poll information which seems to suggest that the the Christian Democrats and their partners the CSU have got about 30% of the vote, leaving them as the largest group in the the German part of the European Parliament. Looks like the far right Afd have pushed out Chancellor Schultz's coalition pushed pushed them up from 2nd place to 3rd place with the the SP sorry with the Afd getting 16% which is 5% more votes than they got in the last election five years ago. The SPD, That's Chancellor Schultz's party on 14, his coalition partners, the Greens on 12.5, which is several points down from where they've been in the past. And the Liberals, the FDP, that's the third part of the governing coalition here in Germany on 5% with other parties making up for the rest. I mean basically what we've seen is we've seen something of a swing towards the Afd making them that right wing German party which is had some controversies recently. The second largest group of MEPs from Germany, the 96 seats that Germany has, but the Christian Democrats, the writer Centre 2 partners with 30% combined keeping them as the main party. As I said, these are very preliminary results. We won't get further results or further detail until later in the evening than the final result. Results are expected around midnight or the early hours of the morning. And advise, You said these are preliminary results, but what do you make of them so far? Are they a surprise kind of given? What were the main campaign topics in Germany? The main campaign topics were the war in Ukraine, the conflict in Gaza, the environment, the economy, immigration. In a way I think that the expectation of the the swing towards the far right is perhaps not as big as some commentators might have thought. In local elections just autumn of last year here in Germany, the Afd were polling around 20%. I think the high point of their electoral support in local elections was 23%. They have suffered some controversies recently. They've also had one of their party members stabbed in an attack in Mannheim just a week or so ago. And it it seems that perhaps the voters have heeded some of the warnings from Chancellor Schultz and President Macron in France very strongly warning voters about the dangers of a shift to the far right. But nevertheless, they have polled better than they have in the past. And that May mean more seats in the MEPs for the Afd from Germany. Other than that, as I've said, the biggest group still remains that slightly right of centre CDUCSU grouping, which seems to suggest that, you know, things have shifted a little bit to the right, but not as much as some commentators perhaps had feared.
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