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Left-wing takes on the Bavarian election

October 17th, 2018

A left-wing and a liberal commentator believe that the outcome of the Bavarian state election should not be interpreted solely in light of the dispute over migration.

Népszava’s Tamás Rónay attributes the decline of the CSU to the on-going dispute between the CSU and the CDU. The left-wing commentator suspects that CSU leader Horst Seehofer’s harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric was rejected by the voters. Rónay adds that the even more radically anti-immigrant AfD has gained less than many predicted before the election. He suspects that the Bavarian state election will have no immediate impact on German politics, but if the decline of the moderate right-wing and left-wing parties continues, the governing coalition may break up and Angela Merkel may lose power.

On Index, Sándor Joób thinks that the Bavarian election results cannot be explained in terms of policies on migration alone. The liberal columnist admits that the CSU lost voters to the more radically anti-immigrant AfD, but other factors also contributed to the CSU’s decline. As for the Left, Joób notes that the Social Democrats have become a minor party, while the Greens are becoming increasingly popular among left-leaning voters.

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