2019 European Parliament election in Germany

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Germany on 26 May 2019.

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Germany is the most populous nation in the European Union and sends most of the Members of the European Parliament (96 in the 2019 election of the total expected of 705).

In recent years, the German public tended to show little interest in European elections, even though 81% of Germans considered the European project as a positive thing.

The major political parties, besides the right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), emphasised the importance of the European Union during their electoral campaign. One of the voters major concerns was climate change, especially among younger ones who have been actively campaigning for actions by politicians on the issue, which might benefit the Green Party. Migration was another topic which divided public opinion since the European parliament election in 2014.

Pre-electoral polls suggested, that the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), together with their Bavarian sister-party (CSU), could win around 30% of the vote, while their coalition partner in the national parliament, the Social Democratic party (SPD), could come third behind the Greens. The AfD was predicted to win around 10% of the votes.

After national support for the SPD slumped to 15,5%, down from 27,3% in 2014, in the European Parliament election, and its defeat in a regional election, the head of the party, Andrea Nahles, resigned in early June. She was also criticised to stay in coalition with Angela Merkel's CDU by the parties left.

The SPD came third after the Greens, which doubled their share of votes (20,5%). The strongest force was the CDU with 28,9% of the votes, down from 7 points in the 2014 European Parliament election. The AfD gained 11% of the vote.

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Commentary and Analysis
Politico: 2019 European elections Germany https://www.politico.eu/2019-european-elections/germany/
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Germany https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Germany
EurActiv, 19/04/2019: EU country briefing: Germany https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/eu-country-briefing-germany/
Europe elects, 11/05/2019: EU Elections in Germany: which minor parties will make it? https://europeelects.eu/2019/05/11/eu-election-in-germany-which-minor-parties-will-make-it/
Deutsche Welle, 13/05/2019: German voters see climate as biggest EU challenge https://p.dw.com/p/3IO9W
European Council on Foreign Relations, 21/05/2019: European election campaigns in Germany https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_european_election_campaigns_in_germany
OSW: Analyses, 28/05/2019: The European elections in Germany: the Greens move ahead of the SPD https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2019-05-28/european-elections-germany-greens-move-ahead-spd

EurActiv, 18/04/2019: Germany’s ruling parties rank just above far-right on climate protection https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/german-christian-democrats-and-christian-social-union-cdu-csu-rank-just-above-far-right-afd/
The Guardian, 10/05/2019: Varoufakis draws fire over run for German EU elections seat https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/10/varoufakis-draws-fire-over-run-for-german-eu-elections-seat
EUObserver, 13/05/2019: German voters most pro-European and pro-migrant https://euobserver.com/political/144877
Politico, 18/05/2019: Merkel urges voters to reject nationalism in EU election https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-elections-angela-merkel-hits-campaign-trail-in-croatia-reject-nationalism/
Deutsche Welle, 19/05/2019: Thousands take part in pro-Europe demonstrations ahead of elections https://p.dw.com/p/3IiHh
EurActiv, 20/05/2019: Thousands rally in Germany against nationalism before European vote https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/thousands-rally-in-germany-against-nationalism-before-european-vote/
Deutsche Welle, 20/05/2019: German court bans popular voting advice app Wahl-O-Mat https://p.dw.com/p/3Inj8
Euronews, 21/05/2019: How are voters in UK and Germany reacting to upcoming EU elections? https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/21/how-are-voters-in-uk-and-germany-reacting-to-upcoming-eu-elections
Politico, 21/05/2019: Germany’s ‘joke’ party wants seat at EU table https://www.politico.eu/article/die-partei-germany-satirists-want-seat-at-eu-table/
Deutsche Welle, 26/05/2019: German EU election results ramp up pressure on Merkel's coalition https://p.dw.com/p/3J73Q
Politico, 26/05/2019: German SPD reels from double defeat in EU and regional vote https://www.politico.eu/article/german-spd-reels-from-double-defeat-in-eu-and-regional-vote/
Reuters, 27/05/2019: Germany's SPD head proposes vote on floor leadership after election rout https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-election-germany-spd/germanys-spd-head-proposes-vote-on-floor-leadership-after-election-rout-idUKKCN1SX0Z2
EurActiv, 28/05/2019: Germany’s SPD head proposes vote on her party’s leadership after election rout https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/germanys-spd-head-proposes-vote-on-her-partys-leadership-after-election-rout/
Politico, 02/06/2019: German SPD in crisis as leader Nahles quits https://www.politico.eu/article/andrea-nahles-to-quit-as-leader-of-germanys-spd/
Deutsche Welle, 02/06/2019: German Social Democrat leader Andrea Nahles to step down after EU poll losses https://p.dw.com/p/3JcWj
EurActiv, 03/06/2019: SPD leader resignation shakes German politics, while Greens take lead https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/spd-leader-resignation-shakes-german-politics-while-greens-take-lead/
Reuters, 03/06/2019: A job nobody wants: Germany's Social Democrats seek a leader https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics/a-job-nobody-wants-germanys-social-democrats-seek-a-leader-idUKKCN1T410Z?il=0
EUObserver, 03/06/2019: German SPD leader resigns after bad EU elections result https://euobserver.com/tickers/145055
Euronews, 03/06/2019: Merkel vows to carry on after junior coalition partner resigns https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/02/german-spd-leader-andrea-nahles-quits-as-party-popularity-slumps
Deutsche Welle, 03/06/2019: Trio to provisionally lead Germany's Social Democrats https://p.dw.com/p/3Jefi

European Elections: How to Vote in Germany https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/germany

ESO Records
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/

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