of course, this was only a regional election. Of course, only 9.5 million voters — about 62 million in Germany — were called to the polls. But the political earthquake that has shaken Bavaria, Sunday, October 14, is of such an intensity that the “grand coalition” of Angela Merkel, in Berlin, will necessarily be the shock wave.
For the German chancellor, the result of these elections is a very bad news. First of all, because of the back history inflicted on the social christian Union (CSU), the conservative bavarian ally, the christian democratic Union (CDU), the training that she has chaired since 2000.
Sunday, the CSU had received only 37.2% of the vote, or 10.5 percentage points lower than in 2013. If most of the european parties would dream today to achieve such a score, it is in reality a cruel blow for the conservative bavarian who, since 1958, were never passed under the bar of 43% in regional elections.
A weakening of unprecedented
This weakening without precedent in the CSU is not the case of Ms. Merkel. Admittedly, this is probably not unhappy with the snub inflicted on the party’s president, Horst Seehofer, with whom she has a relationship abhorrent, especially since he has joined his government in march, as minister of the interior.
being thus weakened, Mr Seehofer will he be able to a partner much more docile ? Nothing is less sure. Sunday night, he admitted to a “share of responsibility” in the “bad result” for his party, the president of the CSU, in fact, is quick to add that “the causes” of this setback were also ” Berlin “, under-heard at the chancellery.
Already very strained relations between the CSU and the CDU are likely to be even more complicated in the coming weeks, and as is now being added to another…