Hamburg, Germany election, neofascists, ‘center’-right lose

This 21 February 2020 video says about itself:

Thousands of people protested outside the Hamburg offices of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Thursday evening, in the wake of Wednesday’s double shooting in Hanau.

Protesters chanted anti-AfD slogans, with many holding signs denouncing racism and fascism as they marched through the area.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned the attack as a “brutal terrorist crime” at a vigil in Hanau on Thursday.

According to Germany’s Federal Prosecutors Office, there are serious indications of a racist background to the crime, which is supported by videos and documents allegedly made by the suspect.

A gunman opened fire outside one shisha bar in Hanau’s Heumarkt district and drove off to a second location in the Kesselstadt district where he opened fire again, killing a total of nine people and injuring several others late on Wednesday evening.

The attacker was a 43-year-old German citizen from Hanau. Together with his 72-year-old mother, he was found dead at his home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

On Sunday 23 February 2020, there were elections in the city where this anti-fascist demonstration was, in Hamburg.

The election resulted in losses for four tendencies in German politics: first, losses for the neo-fascist AfD party. Second, losses for the ‘centre-right’ CDU and FDP parties; where some politicians want to collaborate with the extreme right AFD. Third, losses for the German federal government ‘great coalition‘ of the CDU and SPD parties. Fourth, losses for the climate denialism industry, paid by fossil fuel billionaires.

So, first, losses for the AfD. That may have been caused by revulsion about the neo-nazi Hanau massacre and other violence; revulsion shown in the video. The AfD percentage of the vote went from 6.1% in the 2015 Hamburg state election to 5.3% now.

Second, losses for Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU and the pro-Big Business right-wing FDP. Parties which had recently allied with the AfD in Thuringia state to elect a right-wing government headed by an FDP prime minister; even though the Thuringia FDP had just 5% of the vote. The CDU percentage in Hamburg went from 15,9% in 2015 to 11,2% now; their worst election result ever in Hamburg. The FDP percentage went from 7,4% to 5%. Well, was it really 5%, or was it less than 5%? An important question, as parties getting less than 5% don’t get representation in the Hamburg state parliament. And, so far, there are just provisional election results, not yet definite results. And it turns out that in Hamburg-Langenhorn district, hundreds of votes for the Green party have been wrongly counted as FDP votes. So, if a recount will confirm that, then the FDP will no longer be represented in the Hamburg state parliament. In another district, SPD votes had been wrongly counted as CDU votes.

UPDATE: the recount showed that the FDP had less than 5,0%. They will have one MP in the city parliament, down from nine.

Third, this election is a loss for the federal government coalition of CDU-CSU and SPD. In Hamburg yesterday, as we saw, the CDU lost 4,7%. The SPD lost 6,6%. Meaning that these two parties together now have just 50% of the Hamburg vote. In other German states, these two parties together got far less than 50% in recent elections. These two parties have traditionally been by far the biggest parties in the Federal Republic of Germany, getting traditionally over 90% of the vote together.

And fourth, this election was a big loss for the climate denialists. As, according to Dutch NOS radio, the election propaganda of the SPD and of the Green party was centred on fighting climate change. These two parties together got 63,2% of the vote: the Green party gains far more than compensating for the SPD losses. The Left party, which also emphasized fighting climate change, went from 8.5% to 9,1%.

One may ask whether the SPD deserved, in spite of losing votes, to still be the biggest party in an election mainly about fighting climate change. During the last federal election, environmentalists had called massively for not voting for the CDU-CSU and SPD government coalition parties, as they do basically nothing against climate change.

The Green party looks like being a more deserving winner in this climate change election. However, there are problems in that party as well. As prominent Green politician Joschka Fischer became a fossil fuel billionaire by participating in BP pipeline Big Business. And the Green party leadership supported wars, eg, on Yugoslavia and on Afghanistan. While wars and militarism are among the main causes of climate change and other pollution.

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