Bavarian state election, 14 October 2018

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Bavaria, also the Free State of Bavaria, held a state election on 14 October 2018 to elect the 180 members of the Landtag.

The turnout of the election was 72.4 percent. The Christian Social Union (CSU) lost its majority position with its lowest result since 1950. The Greens/ Alliance 90 became the second largest party, followed by the Free Voters, Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The Liberal Free Democratic Party just reached the set threshold of five percent.

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Both coalition parties (CSU and SPD) of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost considerably in the election. Since 1950 the CSU has been the majority party, the outcome of this election leaves the CSU to find a coalition partner to gain majority in the Bavarian Landtag.

The main topic of debate was the migration policy. The CSU adapted a more critical tone towards migration, hoping to attract right-wing voters. This caused dispersion between the CSU and the CDU before the election.

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