Bavaria Holds State Elections
Katharina Schulze and Ludwig Hartmann, co-lead candidates of the German Greens Party (Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen), speak to supporters as leading Greens Party federal party members Anton Hofreiter (L) and Robert Habeck (R) look on at the Bavarian state parliament after initial election results give the party a higher than expected 18.5% of the vote in Bavarian state elections on October 14, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Bavaria is holding state elections today and the CSU, traditionally the dominant party in Bavaria, is set to take an electoral beating, as are the German Social Democrats (SPD). The main beneficiaries are to be the Greens Party and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD). Consequences of the result go beyond Bavaria, as the poor showing for the CSU, the sister party to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the SPD represents strong voter dissatisfaction with the federal governing coalition.