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Weekly update: fallout from the Hesse elections continues

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

By Jack Turner

The fallout from the Hesse elections continues to dominate the political sphere with continued speculation as to which coalition will be formed.

This ultimately hangs on the official count, which was delayed to November 16th following a computer glitch, as even small swings could serve up new possibilities.

Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Die Grüne) put his foot in it after a questionable choice of words whilst discussing the refugee crisis, much to the chagrin of his party members.

And speaking of chagrin, the decision of Germany’s parliamentary budget committee to increase defence spending by several billion euros drew the ire of many a German politician.

Elsewhere, German politicians commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end to the 1st World War and the 80th of the infamous Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom respectively.

Far-right nationalism once again reared its head, as evidenced by a demonstration by far-right group ‘Wir für Deutschland’. This was met in force by a counter demonstration, with similar scenes in Bielefeld that were even more sizeable.


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