NRW elections: How much damage did the FDP do to party leader Lindner? – internal politics

Elections in North Rhine-Westphalia are considered “mini-federal elections”.

The election of some 13 million voters is an important mood test of national political significance. shock waves A meager 5.9 percent for the FDP in Düsseldorf – According to the first predictions, the liberals had to tremble about their return to the state parliament – and thus arrived in Berlin unchecked.

But what was the effect of this “catastrophic defeat”, as LDP leader Lindner (43) commented, on the outcome for his party, for him as party leader?

NRW is not the FDP’s first setback since sitting at the traffic light government table in Berlin. In Saarland, the FDP was expelled from the state parliament in March, and in Schleswig-Holstein they nearly halved their result two weeks ago, falling just 6.4 percent (minus 5.1 percentage points).

Even if Lindner showed his solidarity on Election Day evening: “The Liberal Democrats win together. The Liberal Democrats lose together,” he sounded a little different the next day—more defensive.

In his electoral analysis, Lindner referred to his electoral successes in NSW in 2012 and 2017, the “political components of the state” in these elections and the scope of opinion polls. While NRW’s FDP Research Group elections set six percent, it reached a nationwide approval rate of nine percent.

Translator: The Federalist party, led by Lindner, is more popular than the state union in the state of New South Wales.

Has anyone tried to protect themselves? FDP General Secretary Bijan Giirsaray, 45, is not afraid of any public debate about the president. He told Bild: “Even if the result upsets our stomachs, it has no bearing on Christian Lindner. He is and will remain undisputed number one.”

FDP board members also clearly supported the president on Monday. According to the participants, the committee’s meetings were “constructive and calm.”

Of course, disappointment with the outcome was palpable, but there were no discussions of individuals nor discussions of direction. The FDP’s answer to electoral insoles is to “keep working focused” — and so is at a traffic light.

The truth is: In the federal government, the LDP is unaffected by the nine percent average. This is less than 11.5 percent of the general election. BUT: The FDP is still a comfortable safe distance from the pain area near the five percent mark.

It is also a fact that Education Secretary Yvonne Gebauer (55, FDP) school policy in particular has given the party poor marks during the coronavirus pandemic. Others complained that the FDP was not able to count on successful government work.

Traffic light curse?

But the question remains why the state-level LDP, unlike the Greens, does not benefit from sitting at the cabinet table at the federal level.

After all, the coalition talks were left as the big winner. She was able to push many of her primary concerns, such as saying no to tax increases, while the Greens had to make major concessions (such as speed limits).

According to the old liberal Gerhard Babke (61), “the causes of the crisis clearly lie in Berlin.” “The FDP has completely indulged its core issues and is leaving economics and energy policy to the Greens, of all people,” the former NRW parliamentary group leader told BILD.

In fact, the party has yet to respond to problems such as inflation, high national debt and skyrocketing energy costs – areas where FDP voters traditionally give the highest scores for efficiency.

“The truth is: Until now, the FDP has been an empty one at the traffic light. If you don’t knock quickly in its pegs, it will continue to fall unabated,” warns Papke.

But in Berlin, people remain calm. We have a grand coalition agreement in which we have negotiated important liberal projects. “It’s very good that we are part of this government,” Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, 64, told Bild, head of the FDP Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, 64.

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From the first day of the exploratory talks, Christian Lindner wrestled with Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (52, Greens) at the Treasury.

The FDP even threatened to walk out of the traffic light negotiations, making the oath a requirement. But unlike in previous legislative periods, the Ministry of Finance is no longer the focus.

The greens no longer mourn the oath. As a result of the war, Habeck’s Department of Energy and State Department, headed by Analina Barbock, 41, suddenly became the control centers for crisis management and government centers. On the other hand, Linder hasn’t been able to do much in terms of design and become more of a service provider that funds.

Transport Secretary Volker Wessing (52, FDP) recently drew attention with clumsy measures, such as a suggestion that no more food should be posted on social media to save energy or that a speed limit could not be implemented due to a lack of signals.

On the other hand, Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (54, FDP) receives not only praise from within her own ranks but also from competition, but suffers from the fact that her subjects, such as those of her colleague Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (44, FDP), Currently somewhat under the radar.

The Freedom and Development Party (FDP) will have to strengthen its image in the coalition in the future. What effects could this have on the peace of the coalition?


Wants to remain Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia: Hendrik Fust (CDU)Foto: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa

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Wants to remain Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia: Hendrik Fust (CDU)Photo: Rolf Feinenbernd / d

CDU warns of traffic lights

CDU Economic Council Secretary-General Wolfgang Steiger (57), warns the FDP of another set of NRW traffic lights.

“I very much doubt whether that would be wise for the FDP.” “The FDP result in NRW should set all alarm bells ringing in Berlin,” he says. He sees traffic light participation at the federal level as the main reason for poor performance. The FDP is clearly losing its economic policy file at the Berlin traffic light because it can hardly prove itself in the pincer between the SPD and the Greens. It wouldn’t be any different in another traffic light coalition.”

But it is also true that the traffic light is not in the interest of the CDU. In the state of NRW, Alliance is an alternative model to black and green. You can win the election Hendrick West (46) Hence ban as prime minister.

Meanwhile, the FDP clearly rejected the constellation: “The traffic lights in North Rhine-Westphalia will not have internal legitimacy,” Lindner said. As FDP leader Joachim Stamp puts it: “There is definitely black and green, and it’s quite clear.”

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