Bremen state election today


German voters in the city state of Bremen (formal name, The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen) go to the polls today in the latest of a series of state elections this year. They will be voting for representatives to the state assembly (Bürgerschaft) which has 83 seats.

In the 2007 elections the Social Democratic Party (SDP) were the largest party in this state which has been controlled by them since the end of the second world war. However they were forced into a partnership with the Greens.

In a recent poll by FG Whalen, the SDP were on 37%, down a couple of points from their 2007 vote of 39.8%. The Greens were up from 16.9% in 2007 to 24% today.

Although they didn’t expect to win the state, Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU will be disappointed to see that their support has dropped from 27.7% in 2007 to 19% in this latest poll.

However, the most worried party will be the junior partners in the federal coalition, the Free Democratic Party (FDP). According to the poll their vote has dropped from 6% in 2007 to just 4% today. That will put them under the 5% threshold and means that they are likely to lose all five of their seats. The party has just held its party conference and has elected a new leader after disastrous results in state elections earlier this year. They will have been hoping that they had turned the corner.

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