The parties of the Grand coalition in Germany have performed well in the European elections according to preliminary estimates, historically bad. Union, such as the SPD obtained in calculations for ARD and ZDF so weak results as never before in a nationwide election. The turnout was nearly 60 percent. Nevertheless, the CDU and CSU remain together the strongest force. The socialists fall to third place. The losses of the government parties are likely to make the question of the stability of the black-red coalition in Berlin a new dimension.

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SPD Chief Andrea Nahles and CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak

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The Union achieved in the European elections, according to projections by ARD and ZDF 27.7 to 27.9 percent – significantly less than in the 2014 European election (35.4 percent) and also worse than at the recent Federal election (32.9 percent). The election was the first test of the CDU-Chairman, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer since taking office in December. The SPD falls to 15.6 per cent. The twelve points less than in the previous European elections (27.3 percent) and worse than in the General election (20.5 percent).

the politicians in the parties respond to the Punishment by the voters:

SPD-Boss Nahles “extremely disappointed” by the election results

SPD Leader Andrea Nahles has dismayed at the historic low of their party were responding. The results were “extremely disappointing,” she said in Berlin. “Unfortunately, we have not managed that to turn things around.” She spoke of the “painful results that show that we still have much to do.” Nahles tried to make their party courage: “I say ‘head up’ in the direction of the SPD.” The party leader congratulated the Green, this time in a nationwide election to become the second strongest force. The SPD came in the European elections only on rank three. In front of supporters in the SPD party headquarters Nahles spoke to questions of content: For many voters, the issue of climate protection choice was crucial. In the coalition, the SPD wool prevail even in this year of a climate protection law.

SPD-candidate Barley: In the case of climate protection is not good enough

set SPD top candidate Katarina Barley has resulted in the historically weak performance of the party to a lack of climate protection. Barley said in Berlin in addition, they see their future in Europe and will make your office as the Federal Minister of justice, available. Barley said: “I have really given everything I could, went.” It is not succeeded, the “passion” in the party in votes to be transformed. This can have many reasons. The topic of climate protection have, however, played in the European elections a major role. The SPD was not prepared, obviously, still not good enough.

SPD-Secretary-General warns staff debates

SPD-Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil has warned after the election, broke in front of a debate about the future of party leader Andrea Nahles. “I advise them, to guide staff discussions,” said Klingbeil, in the ZDF. It was the choice fighter of the SPD irritating, that shortly before the election on Sunday coup rumors against Nahles to be hanged. “These are all rituals of old-age policy, the need to stop,” said Klingbeil. He could tell only “stop with these Games”.

SPD parliamentary group Deputy Post: the day of the election a painful low point for SPD

The Deputy head of the SPD group in the Bundestag, Achim Post, evaluates the results of the election of Sunday as a “pain point stick deep” for the SPD. After the election, and the election down in the past year were again no reversal of the trend, said Post in Berlin. He demanded to go to the problems in an open and honest analysis on the reason. “The views of social-democracy in other European countries shows that the social democratic achievements are still possible. With seriousness, with the escalation, and the courage to new impulses can and must work for the SPD out of this difficult situation step by step out,” said Post, the German press Agency.

SPD-politicians Schneider: the result in the case of European elections, a bitter

the Parliamentary Manager of The SPD group in the Bundestag, Carsten Schneider, has described the performance of the social Democrats as a “bitter result”. Schneider said in the ARD, the SPD has not been able, obviously, to back their positions with regard to the important issue of climate protection in the center. The SPD has fared in the European elections, according to projections by ARD and ZDF historically weak.

CDU leader, Kramp-Karrenbauer: result does not match claim

CDU Boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has led to the loss of the Union on the part of little convincing work of the Big coalition. In the case of the government not to have given the momentum and Belief that the citizens expected, said Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin. The result of the election does not satisfy the claim of the Union as a people’s party. The Union have reached your choice goal is to be the strongest force. And the EPP will be the strongest force in the European Parliament. This substantiate the claim that the EPP leading candidate, Manfred Weber (CSU), will the new President of the EU Commission.

CDU candidate Weber: Parliament strengthened – the staff

CSU leading candidate, Manfred Weber say in the choice of beats to the Europe to greater influence of the European Parliament in the case of political content, and personnel decisions in Brussels. In the whole of Europe increased turnout was “the most important message,” said Weber of the Bavarian television. “This is a clear strengthening of the European Parliament in the upcoming talks,” stressed Weber. “The European Parliament is the place to be, where the citizens of Europe, and must now also have a significant influence on the content and on the personnel decisions at the European level.”

CDU Secretary-General calls for the continuation of the Grand coalition

CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak argues, meanwhile, for a continuation of the Grand coalition. “You must continue to make so that stability prevails in the country,” said Ziemiak in the ZDF. It is here, “to the country and not to party political issues”. He called on the coalition of the CDU and the SPD to the “compelling policy”. The performance of the CDU in the European elections was “not a result we are satisfied,” said the Secretary-General. The party will take the result as “an incentive to continue work”.

CDU-man Oettinger: the result of the Union’s disappointing

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU) has referred to the Union result as disappointing. Oettinger said in the ARD, that is not only Pleasing, that populist certain most of Europe. The CDU responded “apparently” wrong in the Video of the Youtubers Rezo, said Oettinger, auf a question.

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