The 2021 federal election in Bavaria ended with a historically poor result for the CSU. The coalition in Munich is likely to face turbulent times. The news ticker.
- The CSU received a historically bad result in Bavaria in the federal election in 2021 *.
- CSU boss Söder was much more unhappy the day after the election (see update from September 27th, 10.30 a.m.)
- By the way: Our Bavaria newsletter * informs you about all developments and results from the Free State about the federal election – and of course about all other important stories from Bavaria.
Update from September 27, 12:51 p.m .: In the CSU board there is the heaviest reckoning for several years. This is reported by Christian Deutschländer, Head of Politics / Background at Munich Mercury. Many speakers quarrel with the CDU top candidate Armin Laschet. The CDU was not motivated, “there was a lack of brilliant ideas,” said Ilse Aigner, the head of the CSU Upper Bavaria, in the meeting. At the same time, criticism of one’s own people is increasing. Aigner warns that the CSU has lost its economic competence over the years. At the same time, the SPD has caught up with women. Without naming Söder and his style, Aigner calls for the “culture of debate” to be rebuilt.
The Augsburg CSU member of the Bundestag, Volker Ullrich, is also one of those who does not see errors in the CDU alone. He warns that the Union has let its competence in internal security drag, “with all due respect” to the outgoing Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer. Exciting: Local politicians of the CSU, especially district chief Christian Bernreiter, question a Jamaica alliance. “I have extreme stomach ache when I think about the price that one would have to pay,” Bernreiter is quoted by listeners.
Update from September 27, 12:01 p.m.: The day after the election, Markus Söder spoke at a meeting of the CSU board. He spoke of a defeat and a disappointing result (see previous update). Now criticism of CDU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet is loud. CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt said on Monday, according to participants, that the CDU had weaknesses in terms of course, campaign and candidates.
Bavaria’s Junge Union boss Christian Doleschal said that one had to honestly analyze that the Union did not win this election. The candidate should be mentioned first: He took every faux pas with him up to election day. CSU European politician Manfred Weber spoke internally of a bitter result for the Union – and recalled that CSU boss Markus Söder had made the offer in the spring to become a candidate for chancellor himself. And with him the Union would have done much, much better.
Result of the election for Bavaria: Söder suddenly sounds completely different in the morning – CSU drops the shell
Update from September 27th, 10.30 a.m .: On the morning after the general election, Markus Söder is much less happy about the result than he did in the evening. There is talk of a “defeat” and a “disappointing result”. “Do not gloss over, do not go over to the agenda”, he demands in the meeting of the CSU board, as Christian Deutschländer, head of the policy / background department at Munich Mercuryreported. Söder is now also much more defensive about Jamaica: “Not at any price.” And further: The Union has no right to government, just an offer.
The close Söder confidante Albert Füracker says in the party executive that with a candidate for Chancellor Söder, the CSU would have clearly got over 40. Mockery of Laschet’s CDU result in North Rhine-Westphalia: “There is hardly any major disaster in your own state.”
Blume: CSU sees mandate for bourgeois government
Update from September 27, 8:45 a.m .: Despite the poor performance of the Union in the federal election, the CSU sees a government mandate. The General Secretary of the CSU, Markus Blume, confirmed this on Monday morning (September 27) in Munich. She was “the clearly dominant force” in Bavaria, said Blume on Monday morning Bavarian Broadcasting. There is a “great expectation in the population that we will do everything we can to ensure that there is also a bourgeois government in Germany.”
Federal election 2021: CSU sees government mandate – “Clearly dominant force”
To this end, Blume repeated his criticism of the chairman of the Free Voters. The free voters “harmed the bourgeois camp and the civic cause in Germany”. Voices for them were “lost votes”. “And these are the decisive voices that have now been missing for the Union to become the strongest force and then also have had the very clear government mandate as the dominant party.” In addition, Blume renewed his criticism that Aiwanger on Sunday confidential preliminary forecast results before the end the election published on his Twitter account.
Update from September 27, 7.57 a.m .: CSU boss Markus Söder is already in the CSU headquarters in Munich. The Bavarian Prime Minister meets with the party’s executive committee to discuss the election results. The party leader had already indicated on Sunday evening that he was promoting a so-called Jamaica coalition with the Greens and the FDP. In addition to a renewed edition of the grand coalition, this would be the only possibility for the CDU and CSU to prevent the move into the opposition.
Bundestag election 2021: Söder already in CSU headquarters – PK eagerly awaited
At 1 p.m., the CSU boss will appear in front of the press in Munich to talk about all developments relating to the federal election in 2021. We report here live in our stream and ticker in the text.
Markus #South this morning before the #CSU Headquarters. There are voices that give the party leader some responsibility for the bad result of the Union. the #CSU says she got in by her score #Bayern (33%) stabilized the Union @zdfheute # Bundestag election21 pic.twitter.com/2ddNVbTZ24
– ZDF Bayern (@ZDFbayern) September 27, 2021
First report from September 27, 2021
Munich – Bitter evening for the CSU: The party had the worst result for more than 70 years in the federal election in Bavaria. After counting all 46 constituencies in the Free State, the Christian Socialists only achieved 31.7 percent in the provisional final result, according to the state returning officer. This corresponds to a decrease of around seven percentage points compared to the 2017 federal election (38.8 percent). The biggest winners in Bavaria are the Greens, who, however, fell short of their own high expectations. In second place in Bavaria came the SPD on Monday night with 18.0 percent, an increase of 2.7 percentage points. The Greens achieved their best result so far in the Free State with 14.1 percent, 4.3 percentage points more than in 2017.
Federal election 2021: CSU in Bavaria with worst result in 70 years
The FDP gained something with 10.5 percent, the AfD lost 3.4 percentage points and came to 9.0 percent. The Free Voters achieved 7.5 percent in Bavaria, but once again missed the entry into the Bundestag hoped for by party leader Hubert Aiwanger. The left garnered 2.8 percent of the vote. According to the State Returning Officer, voter turnout was 79.8 percent – slightly more than in the 2017 Bundestag election with 78.1 percent at the time. The Bavarian Prime Minister Söder reacted disappointed on Sunday evening: “We do not like our result in Bavaria, on the contrary, it is not a satisfactory result,” he said in Berlin. The CSU will “of course work through it in the next few days and weeks”.
The Christian Socials lost for the second time in a row: In 2017, the CSU under Söder’s predecessor Horst Seehofer had slipped by more than ten percentage points with 38.8 percent. In the previous 19 federal elections, the party had only performed worse once, in the very first ballot in 1949 with 29.2 percent. The CSU boss claimed the formation of a government for the Union and spoke out in favor of a coalition with the Greens and the FDP. “We firmly believe in the idea of a Jamaica alliance.” An “alliance of reason” is needed in these difficult times. According to the nationwide projections, however, the SPD was just ahead of the Union in the evening.
Federal election 2021: Greens get direct mandate in Munich – Scheuer loses
Therefore, SPD country leader Florian von Brunn also claimed the right to form a government for the Social Democrats: “I would say that this is an assignment to Olaf Scholz to form the next government.” Bring Bavarian constituencies, only in Munich-South was the Green candidate Jamila Schäfer ahead. In the last three federal elections, the CSU won all direct Bavarian mandates.
In Passau, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer lost 16.8 percentage points – and still got his constituency with 30.7 percent. Digital Minister of State Dorothee Bär lost 12 percentage points and won her constituency of Bad Kissingen with 39.1 percent of the first votes. Both the Greens and the FDP want to co-govern. “The result that is emerging is clearly a mandate for us Greens to take responsibility,” said the Bavarian top candidate Claudia Roth. However, the party is not satisfied with the best result in its history to date. “We actually expected more,” said Roth on BR television, as did Bundestag parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter.
Federal election in Bavaria in 2021: FDP excludes grand coalition
In the case of the FDP, its state chairman Daniel Föst said: The FDP is in double digits, and without it practically no government coalition is possible, provided that a new grand coalition is excluded: “And that inspires us,” said Föst in the BR
Free voter boss Aiwanger received outrage because he published preliminary forecasts by a polling institute on his Twitter account in the late afternoon. Publishing before polling stations close can result in a heavy fine.
“That doesn’t work at all,” Söder criticized his deputy head of government on BR television. “You have to talk again about how things will go on.” He also asked Aiwanger to “return to practical work”. The government work in Bavaria suffered from the ideas of the Free Voters in the Bundestag election, criticized the Bavarian Prime Minister. “That has to come to an end now.”
Federal election in Bavaria in 2021: SPD calls on Söder to dismiss Aiwanger
SPD general secretary Arif Tasdelen called on CSU boss Söder to dismiss Aiwanger from the state government.
The AfD, which was shaped by internal party disputes, had hoped for 15 percent, but instead lost significant votes and, according to the second extrapolation, was 10.5 percent. The deputy AfD country chief Hansjörg Müller made his resignation public on the evening of the election and attacked the state chairman Corinna Miazga and her supporters: “Backroom agreements and personal insults run through the board meetings.”
Around 9.4 million citizens were called to vote in the Free State. Many of them had already cast their votes in advance by postal voting – according to BR figures, postal votes were around 62 percent.
In Bavaria, according to the state returning officer, 967 candidates ran on 26 state lists and as constituency candidates.
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