Berlin. The two major popular parties, the CDU and SPD, saw their membership decline last year. The number also decreased for the LEFT. The four other parties represented in the Bundestag, on the other hand, increased significantly, as a survey by the German Press Agency in the party headquarters showed.
The Greens currently have around 95,000 members – according to party figures, there will be precise figures at the end of the year in February. The party has gained around 20,000 members since Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck moved to the top of the Greens in early 2018.
In contrast, the number of members of the SPD decreased: At the end of December 2019, the social democrats had a spokeswoman for just over 419,300 members. Compared to the previous year (around 437,750), that was around 18,500 fewer. The SPD is a turbulent year with membership decisions and the election of the new double leadership Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken.
The CDU also suffered losses. It lost around 9,200 members. According to current information, there are slightly fewer than 407,350 Christian Democrats (as of the end of November 2019). A year earlier, the party had just over 416,550 members at the same time.
LEFT also loses
There is also a decline in membership among the Left Party. According to the latest data from the party at the end of September 2019, 61,055 people were members nationwide. Measured against the full year 2018 (62,000), that's almost 1,000 fewer.
The other parties represented in the Bundestag were able to win new supporters. Secretary General Markus Blume said it was the most positive development in six years. Around 140,880 members were booked for Bayern in early December 2019. In the previous year 2018, there were 139,100, or about 1,780 fewer. According to Blume, the long-standing negative trend was stopped.
Slight increase in FDP and AfD
The FDP had around 65,500 members at the end of December 2019. A year earlier, the Liberals had reported around 63,900. FDP General Secretary Linda Teuteberg told the dpa: "Especially in times when illiberal tendencies from left and right are on the up again, this membership development and the interest in a policy that emphasizes freedom and responsibility are very positive for us."
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The Alternative for Germany (AfD) also grew by 1,600 members. According to the AfD office, there were around 4,000 resignations last year. Around 5,600 new members were accepted. On New Year's Day this year, it recorded just over 35,100 followers. Exactly a year earlier, there were just over 33,500. dpa / nd
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