In Leipzig, Die Linke won in percentage of votes for city council, and Die Grünen for the European Parliament. Still, the far-right AfD had the most impressive gains, now having more city council seats than the SPD, besides a lawmaker in Brussels.
Our bilingual interview series with candidates continues, 7 days before the elections, and will run throughout the week. Today we’ve got Angela Fuchs (Die Linke). Sie kandidiert für den Stadtrat im Wahlkreis 2, Leipzig-Ost.
“East Germans are often portrayed as racist naysayers who are unable to look at themselves as the cause of their problems. The history of the GDR is often reduced to the Stasi. The two parties that picked up on these perceptions are DIE LINKE and the AfD, with the latter being far more successful.”
Petra Čagalj Sejdi (Grüne) lebt in Leipzig und ist amtierende Kandidatin für den Stadtrat im Wahlkreis 7, Leipzig-Alt-West. We invited all Leipzig candidates of all major parties (CDU, SPD, Grüne, Die Linke, FDP and AfD) to answer these questions.
Disaster averted. The far-right, anti-immigrant and climate-change-denying AfD was not the number one political force. But with 27.5 percent of total votes in Saxony, the AfD gained more support from state voters than all left-of-center political parties.
The Saxon state elections are this Sunday. If you are eligible to, don’t forget to go vote! Recently we organized a debate with six of the candidates, and here are some insights.