As a "mega-result" yesterday, the day after the federal election, dorothee bar described her performance in the constituency. After the first projection of 38 percent for the CSU, she herself had no longer expected a figure of more than 50 percent. "You can never completely escape a national trend", she says. She sees the fact that it ended up being the third-best first-past-the-post result in bavaria and the tenth-best in the whole of germany as a major success.
Yesterday in munich, bar spent several hours analyzing the outcome of the election together with the CSU executive committee. The fact that not a single candidate made it onto the bundestag list is something she very much regrets. Just on the list could be placed the candidates of young, women’s or middle class union. "In the case of a direct mandate, of course, it is not possible to ensure this balance." Bar herself entered the bundestag twice via the list before succeeding direct candidate eduard lintner in 2009.
"I really put my back into it," says bar, bar looks back on the strenuous election campaign. And it goes on: yesterday, after the board meeting, she went on the tv show "hart, aber fair" (tough but fair), today in berlin, among other things, the election of the head of the state group is on the agenda. According to bar, her current boss alexander dobrindt will take over. This has consequences: "if he becomes head of the regional party, he will not be part of the new government, is determined that the transport minister will not continue. However, she did not comment on what this means for her and whether she will remain parliamentary secretary of state. First of all, the coalition negotiations had to be conducted now. "Everyone has the duty to talk to everyone, she gives as a motto. "A lot of divisive and a lot of common", sees cash with the greens and the FDP, and: "it depends a lot on the content and the people involved."
However, she expects lengthy negotiations: four years ago, she herself took part in four rounds of negotiations, one of which she even chaired. That’s why she now expects to be able to speak on behalf of the CSU in the formation of the government. 2013 she was on 17. December has been sworn in. It could take even longer this year: "I don’t know if there will be a new government this year." In any case, the content was negotiated first, and only then was it a matter of personnel: "last time, three days before I was sworn in, I got the call that I was to become secretary of state."
The new member of the green parliament, manuela rottmann, has completely different worries: "i didn’t plan for this," she says, says hammelburg woman the day after the federal election. She is currently on the train to berlin. "For the time being, I’m staying with friends, but now I have to look for a place to live, she tells. As a newcomer, she now wants to get to grips with the job; today is the first meeting of the parliamentary group, but so far she hasn’t had a chance to talk to other delegates on the phone. "I have constant press inquiries", she reports. After all, lower franconia was represented in the bundestag again for the first time since hans-josef fell’s retirement. In addition, there are many questions because rottmann has experience with a black-green coalition: as a department head, she worked together with petra roth, the CDU mayor of upperburg.
"We have to talk to everyone, but the government’s job is with the union, rottmann comments on possible coalitions, and: "we can’t give the union any advice." The woman from hammelburg sees cooperation with the CSU as particularly difficult: "if seehofer wants to move further to the right, it will be difficult." From rottmann’s point of view, the greens should only join the government if this would lead to progress on important issues such as climate protection or pension policy.
Sabine dittmar also has her first caucus meeting in berlin today. So far, she has been a member of the party executive committee, but how things will continue and who will be the new party spokesperson is completely open: "that will all have to be discussed now." Yesterday sabine dittmar had a meeting of the red cross state executive committee in munich. That’s why she doesn’t have time for a detailed analysis yet, but: "I’m pleased that the first-vote result is higher than the second-vote result, and I see that as confirmation of my work." The doctor also sees health policy as a focus in the future in the bundestag, although it is still too early to talk about offices and functions, she says.
Odp candidate michael reinhard is satisfied with her result: "at the federal level, we missed our target", she comments on the 0.3 percent of the two votes. 1.23 percent of first votes in the electoral district and up to 3.25 percent in individual municipalities were positive in comparison. "I had a lot of good conversations at the information booths", the woman from bad kissingen says she was all the more shocked by the afd result. For the political future and the state election in the coming year, she has no plans yet.
The president of the central council of jews in germany, josef schuster, whose family comes from bad bruckenau, has called on the representatives of the democratic parties in the new federal parliament to expose the afd as empty of content. It is now the task of the other parties to show in the political discussion that the afd has no concepts and solutions for the concerns of the people, said schuster on monday in the sudwestrundfunk (SWR).
At the same time, schuster put the significance of the afd’s election success into perspective: during the election campaign, he sometimes had the impression that it was "really all about the afd go. But the fact is that "at the end of the day, almost 87 percent of the population voted for other parties". According to the preliminary official final results, the afd will enter the bundestag as the third strongest force with 12.6 percent of the vote.
Schuster warned against underestimating the afd by implication. The "alternative for germany is "not a nazi party", she comments, said the president of the central council. But some of the election campaigners, and probably also future mandate holders, had used slogans that reminded him very much of the nazi era.