“With a German federal election little more than a year away, how’s it looking for Chancellor Angela Merkel? That’s a good question. Over the weekend, her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), won a disappointing 17.6 percent of the vote in a regional election in Berlin, one of Germany’s 16 Länder (or states).
This was the CDU’s worst-ever result in the German capital. How much should we read into this — and other recent election defeats?
Regional elections in Germany are significant as they dictate which party holds sway in the upper house, the Bundesrat. The Bundesrat is made up of regional representatives from the 16 states. In Germany, the party that wins a regional election decides which way that Land votes in the Bundesrat.
Source: The Washington Post online