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The “sleeping giant” of the German political landscape

Freie Wähler Rheinland-Pfalz
Freie Wähler Rheinland-Pfalz

The Freie Wähler (Free Voters), our German member, is ‘ready for [federal] parliament’, according to its leader Hubert Aiwanger. Aiwanger, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria as well as the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, announced on Monday that his party is aiming for a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian-democratic party (CDU), and the liberal-democratic party (FDP) at the federal elections this September.

This statement comes after the Free Voters entered the regional parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate for the first time with 6 regional MPs having received 5.4% of the votes in yesterday’s election. With an increase of 3.2 points compared to the previous election, the Free Voters can pride themselves on having the strongest increase in vote-share of any elected party. They were able to achieve a similarly positive result in the state of Baden-Württemberg with 3% (+2.9 pts) of the votes, missing the 5% needed to enter the regional Landtag.

This result is a reward for Freie Wähler's persistent work in the various lander defending our common values, particularly the strengthening of local democracy and working towards a more democratic, more people-centred Europe’.

The Free Voters are already part of the regional parliaments in Bavaria and Brandenburg. The next regional election, which is also the last one before the federal election in September, will take place on 6 June in Saxony-Anhalt.