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(07/09/07) -

Governing Coalition Drops in Germany

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The coalition of the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian-Social Party (CSU) has lost some public support in Germany, according to a poll by Forsa released by Stern and RTL. 37 per cent of respondents would back either party in the next federal election, down two points since late June.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The coalition of the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian-Social Party (CSU) has lost some public support in Germany, according to a poll by Forsa released by Stern and RTL. 37 per cent of respondents would back either party in the next federal election, down two points since late June.

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is second with 24 per cent, followed by the Left Party (Linke) with 14 per cent, the Green Party (Grune) with 10 per cent, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) also with 10 per cent.

Official results from the September 2005 election to the Federal Diet gave the CDU and the CSU 226 seats, with the SPD a close second with 222 legislators. Neither of the two main parties was able to assemble a coalition government with their preferred partners. In November 2005, CDU leader Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany’s first female head of government. The current administration includes members of the CDU, CSU and SPD.

Each European Union (EU) member state presides over the Council of the EU for a period of six months, in accordance with a pre-established rotation. This month, Portugal took over these responsibilities from Germany.

On Jul. 5, environment minister Sigmar Gabriel said the government wants to commit Germany to increase the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources to 45 per cent by 2030 in a bid to curb global warming. Gabriel expressed confidence in the plan, saying, “We can and must raise the bar for 2020 to generate at least 27 per cent of all the electricity used with renewable sources. This is the only way we can make a significant contribution to reaching our ambitious EU goals that we passed under the German presidency in March.”

Polling Data

What party would you support in Germany’s next federal election?

Jun. 29

Jun. 22

Jun. 15

Christian-Democratic Union
Bavarian Christian-Social (CDU-CSU)

37%

39%

37%

Social Democratic Party (SPD)

24%

24%

25%

Left Party (Linke)

14%

13%

12%

Green Party (Grune)

10%

10%

10%

Free Democratic Party (FDP)

10%

10%

10%

Source: Forsa / Stern / RTL
Methodology: Interviews with 2,503 German adults, conducted from Jun. 25 to Jun. 29, 2007. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent.