Yesterday’s federal state election produced nothing but a sensation. Christian Democrats remain the biggest parliamentary faction but are ousted from power they held in Baden-Württemberg for 58 uninterrupted years. Winfried Kretschmann is going to be the first Green prime minister any German state ever had. His party finished second place ahead of the Social Democrats for the first time in history. LibDems are reduced to tears and just remain in parliament (at 5,3 percent).
Of course, the terrible nuclear catstrophe has played a major role in voter mobilisation and in Green swing. So, two anti-nuclear parties suddenly find themselves in charge of EnBW and its four nuclear power plants after the now former government bought a majority share at the death. Funny new world.
It’s going to be exciting to see what the historic result means in terms of education policies, tuition fees, Stuttgart’s underground train station “S21”, and so on and on.
Plus the southwestern landslide is likely to cause a major shake-up even in the German national government in Berlin after they’ve lost one of their strongholds.
Today’s picture shows the tram tracks in front of DKFZ (German Centre of Cancer Research) near Handschuhsheim.