Berlin – There was only a short cheer in the Kreuzberg ballroom: In the event location near the Spree and Oberbaumbrücke, the federal and Berlin left held their election party. When it looked at 6 p.m. as if the Greens landed in front of the SPD and the left just behind the CDU, cheers broke out. Then came the first results of the federal election, which made the party fearful of entering the national parliament. The values in Berlin, however, fell afterwards.
In the extrapolation at 8 p.m., the left was clearly behind the CDU and there were indications that it could be enough for green-red or red-green – without a second red. The left would then be out of the current triad. There are also other possible coalitions. “If we have our way, we will continue,” said the left-wing top candidate and previous Senator for Culture, Klaus Lederer, almost pleadingly. In the past five years, the three partners have achieved a lot together.
“The election campaign was an emotional roller coaster and will remain a crime thriller all evening,” Lederer said shortly after 6 p.m. According to what you heard from the polling stations, it will probably take a while before you have reliable results. “But red-red-green has a very, very solid majority,” said the mayoral candidate to the applause of several hundred people in the Kreuzberg ballroom. Here, too, at least the order was wrong: green-red-red would have been more correct.
The continuation would not be easy anyway. With Franziska Giffey, the content of the election campaign was often mixed up. The SPD candidate had recently flirted openly with a coalition with the CDU and FDP. “The SPD apparently did not use their withdrawal movements,” said Lederer, referring to the interim results. Although the left in Berlin, which gained 15.6 percent in 2016, worsened slightly, the surveys “that saw us far below have not been fulfilled and will hopefully not be fulfilled,” said Lederer. The survey institutes had recently quoted the party in Berlin between twelve and 15 percent.
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“We’ll have to talk about how we can continue to transform this city, how we can organize this city even better,” said Lederer. And then concluded with a commitment to red-red-green. “If I have my way, it should be continued,” said Lederer. On the other hand, there was silence in the hall in view of the election forecasts in the federal government, which the left saw at 5 percent. “I hope that the news will get even better for everyone and that the mood will rise,” said Berlin’s state chairwoman Katina Schubert.
At the Berlin level, they would have been satisfied with slight losses in advance, on the grounds that the federal election campaign had drawn too much attention from the Berlin election. Many voters would not have noticed that Senator for Culture Lederer was running against Giffey as the top candidate and that the left in the red-red-green government has shown constant approval ratings over the past few years. The often disagreed to inconspicuous performance of the federal left around top candidate Janine Wissler is unlikely to have helped the party in Berlin.