BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Green leader Robert Habeck evaluates the performance of his party in the state elections in Saxony-Anhalt as a “good and stable result” that cannot be transferred to the federal level. It was “not unusual” that other parties would lose votes in the last few meters in favor of the incumbent, said Habeck on Sunday evening in the ARD talk show “Anne Will”. That was also the case this time in the case of CDU Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff. The Greens, who are currently doing very well in surveys at the federal level, were only able to improve their weak result from 2016 a little on Sunday in the country.
The Greens chief admitted that the debate about higher gasoline prices, which the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock had initiated a few days ago, “certainly did not help” in Saxony-Anhalt. Nevertheless, Habeck warned not only to concentrate on the current state result when analyzing the election results, but to take a closer look at the development of the past 30 years and the reasons for the strong AfD presence. Even after such a long time, Germany has still not found an answer to “these very divergent social debates” ./faa/DP/zb