The latest developments

At the same time as the federal elections, the Berliners elected a new state parliament. The SPD and the Greens fought a close race, but the Social Democrat Franziska Giffey won it.

SPD-Kandidatin Franziska Giffey lag Sonntagabend vor Bettina Jarasch (Grüne).

SPD candidate Franziska Giffey was in front of Bettina Jarasch (Greens) on Sunday evening.

Bernd Elmenthaler / Imago

The latest developments:

  • After counting all votes in Berlin, the top candidate of the SPD, Franziska Giffey, received the most votes with 21.4 percent.
  • Behind the SPD in second place are the Greens with 18.9 percent. According to the state election committee, the CDU achieved 18.1 percent, the Left 14 percent and the AfD 8 percent. The FDP achieved 7.1 percent.
  • In Berlin, many people had to queue for hours in order to vote. Several polling stations had to close temporarily because the voting papers had run out on site. Some polling stations also received false ballot papers. Anyone who stood in line in front of or in the polling station until 6 p.m. was still allowed to vote.

What was the starting position?

In 2014, Berlin’s governing office took over master master Michael Müller formed the grand coalition of his predecessor Klaus Wowereit, who had resigned his office prematurely. In the elections for the House of Representatives five years ago, however, the CDU lost a lot of votes, so that the SPD, Left and Greens formed a new government – the first nationwide red-red-green coalition under the SPD leadership. Müller remained head of government.

Recently The three coalition partners took stock of their government work: Among other things, Müller recorded billions in investments in local public transport, the construction of new schools and the creation of new day-care centers as successes. On the minus side, however, many observers see the controversial rental cover . The instrument for rent regulation was one of the best-known projects of the governing coalition. However, it failed in April before the Federal Constitutional Court. Shortly before the end of the legislative period, the Berlin Senate tried to make the rent cap possible throughout Germany through a Federal Council initiative. This is now to be discussed in the responsible committees after the federal election.

Who ran for election?

Franziska Giffey.

Franziska Giffey.


For the SPD went the top candidate Franziska Giffey into the race. According to surveys, the chairwoman of the Berlin SPD is the best-known and most popular applicant for the Red City Hall. Giffey was district mayor in the Neukölln district from 2015 to 2018, and later the 43-year-old became federal family minister. However, she resigned from the ministerial post in May 2021 on allegations of plagiarism. In June 2021, the Free University of Berlin revoked her doctorate. Giffey brought the left Berlin SPD on a more conservative course.

Bettina Jarasch.

Bettina Jarasch.


The Greens moved with Bettina Jarasch

in the election campaign. The 52-year-old comes from Bavaria and is an active Catholic. Although she was state chairman of the party from 2011 to 2016, she is hardly known to Berliners. She is currently a member of the Berlin Parliament. She sees herself as a bridge builder between the Realo wing and the strong left wing of her party in Berlin.

Kai Wegner.

Kai Wegner.


Kai Wegner led the Berlin CDU in the election campaign. The 49-year-old is a member of the Bundestag and building policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group. He has been the country chief of his party since 2019. In May 2019, Monika Grütters, who had been a member of the Bundestag for many years and was then CDU vice-president in Berlin, pushed himself out of office and was elected party leader as the successor to the Minister of State for Culture. Wegner is promoting a “restart” and an end to red-red-green.

Klaus Lederer.

Klaus Lederer.


Klaus Lederer counts next to Giffey one of the most famous faces in the election campaign. The leading candidate of the

Left Party is Senator for Culture in Berlin. The 47-year-old was annoyed by the dismissal of the then director of the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, Hubertus Knabe. He is said to have not investigated allegations of sexual harassment against his deputy. Critics deny this.

Sebastian Czaja.

Sebastian Czaja.


The FDP had chosen Sebastian Czaja as their top candidate. The 38-year-old sits in the Berlin House of Representatives and is deputy state chairman of the Liberals. In the 2016 elections he led his party back to the House of Representatives after five years of extra-parliamentary opposition.

Kristin Brinker.

Kristin Brinker.


The AfD hoped with her top candidate Kristin Brinker on an election success. Brinker prevailed against her party friend Beatrix von Storch as state chairwoman in March 2021. The 49-year-old joined the party in 2013, the year it was founded. She is considered a representative of the more moderate spectrum within the AfD.

SPD leads in the polls

Sunday question for the election to the Berlin House of Representatives

Which topics determined the election campaign?

According to a survey by infratest-dimap for the RBB the Berliners the fight against housing shortages for the most important task of the new state government. A major point of contention in the city is the expropriation of large housing corporations. Also on September 26th, the Referendum on “Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co.” Voted. The initiators are calling for companies with more than 3,000 apartments to be “socialized” in return for compensation from the owners.

If the initiative is successful, that does not mean an immediate expropriation of the Company. Because the voters do not vote on a specific bill. Nevertheless, the newly elected Senate would then have to deal with the demand. In addition, the mobility transition and climate policy also played a major role. For example, the parties are arguing about the construction of the last sections of the city motorway 100 through the east of Berlin, and the expansion of cycle paths is also being fought over.

18-year-old Angela Kasner (far left) was an excellent student. Later she said: “I didn’t have any problems with school. Not math, not Russian, not German – neither science nor languages. I have a very good short-term memory and a slightly worse long-term memory. ”

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