Why the Schleswig-Holstein state election matters

The poll in Schleswig-Holstein is one of two state elections ahead of federal elections in September. DW explains why it could have an impact way beyond Germany’s northernmost state.

Why does this state election have a national impact? 

Both Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and main rival and junior coalition partner at the federal level, the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), are hoping that a win in Schleswig-Holstein will add momentum to their campaigns for the upcoming federal election, as well as the state parliament election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state, next weekend. Meanwhile, smaller parties, such as the Greens and the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD,) are desperate to prove that they are not stuck in a rut ahead of the NRW and federal election.

On top of that, state elections have a major impact at the federal level because of Germany’s political structure.

The German lower house of parliament (“Bundesrat”) is made up of representatives of the state governments. This chamber of parliament has the right to propose new federal laws and to block federal laws passed by the elected upper house of parliament, the “Bundestag.” […]”

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Source: Deutsche Welle

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