Elections in Saarland 26.03.2017
The Christian Conservatives (CDU) won the elections and could improve results by 5.5 points to 40.7 percent. They gained 24 seats.
The Social Democrats (SPD) suffer slight losses compared to 2011 and reach 29.6 percent, gaining 17 seats.
DIE LINKE did not reach its aspired aim to maitain results of 2012, gaining altogether 12.9 percent, a loss of about 9000 votes. Yet, the two-figure result is a success for a Western German area state. DIE LINKE remains third strongest force with 7 seats.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) gains 6.2 percent (altogether 33000 votes) and three seats in the state parliament. The comparably poor results could hint at a trend reversal regarding approval of the party but it could also be related to their rather extreme rightwing Land organisation.
The Greens miss the five percent threshold (4 %), having lost 3000 votes. Their prime candidate and Land party chair announced his resignation as a consequence. The Liberals (FDP) miss entry into parliament as well (3.3 per cent).
The results indicate in all probability a continuation of the Great Coalition (CDU-SPD) under Conservative leadership. They did not suffice for a red-red majority and thus for a government and policy change.
The CDU could make use of the “Minister-President effect” together with relatively high rates of satisfaction regarding the economical and personal situation as well as the work of Land government and Minister-President (79%). She linked the election to the question wether the Land should further be successfully governed or threatened by a possible red-red alliance.