German governing party suffers drastic loss in Bavarian election
In the state elections in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the conservative sister party of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), led by Chancellor Angela Merkel – had their worst election performance in more than six decades. They received just 37.2% of the votes, losing their absolute majority. The Social Democratic Party (SPD), Merkel’s grand coalition partner at the federal level, was hit similarly hard, receiving 9.9% of votes. Winners of the election were the Green Party with 17.5% (an 8.9% increase from the last election) and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) with 10.2% of the votes.