The two great German parties suffer historical falls as the ultra-right grows
In the elections held this Sunday in Germany, the SPD has fallen, in line with other European social-democratic forces, obtaining 20.5% of the votes. Never before had Martin Schulz’s party gone through the polls with such a meager percentage of votes. The slight improvement of the party in the previous elections of 2013 with respect to the precedents of 2009 was only a relief in a downward trajectory that lasted almost twenty years. Since 1998 the party has left almost nine million votes along the way.
The coalition led by Chancellor Merkel does not come much better. With 33% of the votes, 8.5% less than in the previous elections, it is necessary to go back to the founding of the RFA, in 1949, to find a worse result. The coalition reached the electoral peak in 1957 (50.2% of the votes), a success that was partly renewed in 1976 with Helmut Schmidt and 1983 with Helmut Kohl.
In contrast to the two major parties, the proportional improvement of the results of a party reached by the far right Alternative of Germany (AfD) is almost unheard of in the history of the country’s largest parties. The xenophobic formation grows 168% in number of votes in its second electoral call. Only the Greens, in 1983, lived a greater rise, when almost quadrupled their previous results.