Last Sunday’s federal elections in Germany marked a historic day for ALDE Party member Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP). The party won 11.5% of the votes, reaching for the first time a double-digit result in two consecutive federal elections. With this result, FDP becomes the fourth biggest force in the German parliament. Olaf Scholz, leader of Sozialdemokratische Partei (SPD), won the election with 25.7%, beating the Union of Christian Democrats by 1.6%.
Party leader and FDP lead candidate Christian Lindner led a liberal independent campaign with a special focus on individual freedoms, education and investments in businesses and technological developments. Thanking all his supporters, Lindner stated:
“Many thanks to all who have made the value of freedom their political project this year! The political centre was strengthened, and this is good news for our democracy. We have a special responsibility and do not underestimate the dimension of the challenges facing our country...
We want to generate prosperity and not just distribute it. We see education as the most important social task. We will carry our independence from the election campaign into the post-election period.”
The day after the election, Lindner gave a press conference during which he underlined the important role FDP will play in the formation of the next government:
“The voters have spoken and expressed their desire for change. The Greens and Free Democrats have a big responsibility in shaping the future of German politics […] Therefore, the Executive Committee decided to appoint Secretary General Volker Wissing and I to start pre-explanatory talks with the Greens. In this way we want to see what our common grounds are and what could be possible to build a new Germany.”
ALDE Party acting co-President Timmy Dooley congratulated FDP and Lindner on this excellent result: “As European liberals, we always like to see our member parties succeeding in elections and I am especially pleased that the FDP looks set to increase its share of the vote from the last election and elect more liberal members to the next parliament.”
Dooley was joined in social media by other liberal well-wishers, such as ALDE Party acting co-President Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, ALDE Party Vice President Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and European Parliament Vice President Nicola Beer MEP.
Congratulations to @c_lindner@nicolabeerfdp @Lambsdorff— Ilhan Kyuchyuk (@ilhankyuchyuk) September 27, 2021
for the spectacular result of @fdp. The voters of #Germany have demonstrated where their hearts lie and I am sure the #liberal family of @ALDEParty party will be stronger after this #GermanElection2021. 🇩🇪🇪🇺 https://t.co/QNoN2D3veA
Ein großes "Dankeschön" allen Wählerinnen und Wählern, die mich unterstützt haben. Von 💙❤️ gratuliere ich @katrinuhligbn und @jessi_rosenthal, danke für den fairen Wahlkampf und bin sicher, dass wir uns im #Bundestag gemeinsam für unser schönes #Bonn einsetzen werden. #btw21 pic.twitter.com/VXiCcYgrSx— Alexander Lambsdorff (@Lambsdorff) September 27, 2021
In these elections, voter turnout grew to 77%, with FDP being the most popular party among first-time voters.
In addition to federal elections, state elections were also held in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where FDP secured 7.5% and 5.8% of the vote respectively. This latter win is particularly remarkable as it is the first time since 2006 that FDP has reached the threshold in the north-eastern state.
Congratulations to our member @fdp on their result in yesterday’s German elections! Statement from #ALDEParty acting Co-President @timmydooley ➡️ https://t.co/mFhZoZZvEu #btw21 pic.twitter.com/qHPkZCXJf4— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) September 27, 2021
An alle Helferinnen und Unterstützer, die Ihr Plakte gehängt, Flyer verteilt und für unsere Werte die letzten Wochen gekämpft habt… danke für diesen großartigen Einsatz. CL— Christian Lindner (@c_lindner) September 26, 2021
Wir danken allen Wählerinnen und Wählern für Euer Vertrauen 👍, allen Unterstützern, allen Wahlkämpfern und Sympathisanten für Euer unermüdliches Engagement. 💪🚀 #vielzudanken #danke #vielzutun #btw21 pic.twitter.com/t3jBPHRPcl— FDP (@fdp) September 26, 2021
Photo credit: Nicola Beer