Results of the NRW Elections

We all know that CDU/FDP lost their majority; but does that mean that SPD has won?

In fact the SPD also lost many votes and the real “winner” of this elections is Die Grünen–Party by gaining their best result ever, just like Die Linke.


With as many votes as the CDU (34,6%) the SPD (34,5%) − clearly none of them had the majority − had the worst result comparing to the last years but still pretended to have won the Elections, totally ignoring that it was the worst result since 1953.

Krafts optimistic statement after the NRW Elections:
"Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde,
liebe Genosssinen und Genossen,
das ist ein guter Tag für NRW-
Schwarz-Gelb ist abgewählt!"


The Red-Green-Coalition − the classic in NRW − decided that the voters gave them the right to govern although they had not enough seats to be the majority in the Landtag of NRW. So it was obvious to complement the Coalition with another party − the SPD tried to have negotiations with the other three parties (CDU/FDP/Linke) − and failed. As soon as the SPD agreed to discuss with the Linke, the FPD woke up and announced that they are no more interested in negotiations when SPD only thinks about meeting the Linke.
This defiance attitude led to isolation and again loosing sympathy to their voters.
More Kindergarten at the CDU:
Rüttgers did not agree to a Grand-Coalition and was not sure whether to continue as a politician.
The candidate Kraft from SPD also lost her sympathies by “Party-Hopping”:
She did not agree a Grand-Coalition nor a Coalition with the Linke.
FDP was not able to communicate nor to unify their direction/needs/statements.
Kraft announced a minority government of SPD/Grüne, then an oppostion government.
It took 6 weeks to decide − now it is official − for the SPD/Grüne to govern NRW in a minority government.

Would you like to know which results came up in your Wahlkreis? Find it here.

This "Blogger" is wondering how a governmentwould work without any leading party. Probably not the worst case for NRW.


Participating parties and Campaign

Germanys party-system can be called a five-party-system and the dominating parties are:

Candidate: Hannelore Kraft

Red Party. Former Working Class Party. Social Security. Fair Wages. Ecological Growth. No Tuition (Fees).

Candidate: Jürgen Rüttgers

Black Party. Conservative. Firm Financial Policies. Tuition (Fees). No Comprehensive Schools.

Candidate: Sylvia Löhrmann

Green Party. Instant Nuclear Phaseout. Alternative Energy Sources. Consistent Climate Protection. New School-System. No Tuition.

Candidate: Andreas Pinkwart

Yellow Party. Liberal. Lower Tax System. Less Bureaucracy. Mix Of All Energy Sources. Promotion Of Future Technologies.

Candidate: Bärbel Beuermann

Red Party. Socialist Party. No Tuition (Fees). Minimum Wage.

Smaller parties attend as well, but there are too many to mention. Here is a Blog about the Piratenpartei. This party grows more and more in popularity.

Personalizing the campaign leads to splitting the candidates from the parties. They have an own Homepage with personal information. The messages of the parties are getting general and the differences appear less. This Blogger analyses the placards used in the election campaign and I hope it might be interesting for you as well.
Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) is the federal state with the highest population in Germany, with almost 18 million inhabitants and over 13 million that are entitled to vote. In comparison to entire Germany with almost 82 million inhabitants and over 62 million entitled voters, nearly a quarter of Germanys population had to decide by whom they want to be represented in the federal government of NRW.
Due to quantity of voters the NRW Elections that took place in May 2010 can be seen as the “small Bundestagswahl”. After the Bundetagswahl in September 2009, the ending of the Grand Coalition and the beginning of the CDU/FDP Coalition (Black-Yellow Coalition) the results of the NRW Elections can refer to its residents contentment of the governing parties through the past year.
Interpreting the results of the NRW Election can refer to the satisfaction of the voters with the federal government; in fact politicians and experts come to the conclusion that most voters are not very satisfied with the government respectively the Black-Yellow Coalition, because both parties lost many voters.
As the CDU lost their majority in NRW − now the SPD is enabled to take over the government in NRW − they also lost the majority in the Bundesrat (a legislative Federal Constitutional Body that represents the sixteen Länder (federal states) of Germany at the federal level) that is necessary to resolve new laws. This leads to serious changes in NRW (Rüttgers hands in his resignation), increases the power of the SPD in the Bundesrat, and this again leads to conflicts in the Black-Yellow Coalition of the german government.
I.e. the case of tax reduction: The leading Coalition − especially the FDP − demanded and promised tax reduction, while the opposition and experts affirmed that tax reduction would cause even more harm to Germany.
Quickly after loosing the majority in the Bundesrat the Black-Yellow Coalition ”decided" that tax reduction is probably not the right way of dealing the financial problems that occurred with the financial crisis.