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Hamburg – February 20, 2011

AICGS Coverage of the 2011 Land Elections

The results are in from Hamburg: the SPD, as expected, dominated the Bürgerschaft election and finished with 48.3 percent of the vote, its strongest showing in a state election in thirteen years. The debate surrounding this specific election, however, is whether the results can be extrapolated to the federal level. Chancellor Merkel argued that local issues caused the results, but others argue that this is the beginning of the end for Merkel’s governing coalition. Which side is right? AICGS has compiled essential links and media coverage surrounding the election in Hamburg, and will do so for each of the remaining Land elections throughout the year.

Results
Hamburg Results

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AICGS Experts

Messages From Hamburg’s Elections, By Dr. Jackson Janes, AICGS Advisor, February 24, 2011.

Wahlen in Hamburg, By Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte, AICGS Advisor, February 24, 2011.

Post-Election Coverage – German

Complete coverage from Der Spiegel

Complete coverage from Die Welt

Complete coverage from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Candidate overviews from Hamburger Abendblatt

Complete Coverage from Süddeutsche Zeitung

SPD-Triumph in alter Hochburg – historischer Einbruch der CDU,” Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V., February 21, 2011.

Knappe Mehrheiten und die Probleme der SPD,” By Uwe Bahnsen, Die Welt, February 22, 2011.

Berlin ist nicht Hamburg,” By Gilbert Schomaker, Berliner Morgenpost, February 22, 2011. (subscription required)

Mappus: ‘Guttenberg macht die Hallen voll,’” By Jochen Gaugele, Hamburger Abendblatt, February 22, 2011.

Regierungsbildung in Hamburg: Senat, verzweifelt gesucht,” By Annett Meiritz, Der Spiegel, February 22, 2011.

Heißt nicht, dass Schwarz-Grün falsch war,” By M. Bröcker, G. Mayntz and E. Quadbeck, Rheinische Post, February 22, 2011.

Grüne fürchten Hamburger Verhältnisse,” By Gereon Asmuth and Kristina Pezzei, Die Tageszeitung, February 21, 2011.

Hamburg-Wahl: Fünf mögliche Missverständnisse,” By Stefan Raue, ZDF, February 21, 2011.

Olaf Scholz, der unterkühlte Triumphator,” By Michael Schlieben, Die Zeit, February 21, 2011.

Wer ist Schuld am CDU-Wahldebakel? Ole von Beust!” By R. Alexander and T. Vitzthum, Die Welt, February 21, 2011.

Die SPD entdeckt ihre Liebe zum Scholzismus,” By Veit Medick, Der Spiegel, February 21, 2011.

Schwarz-Grün ist einfach an allem schuld,” By Frank Pergande and Matthias Wyssuwa, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 21, 2011.

Von Beusts letzter Dienst,” By Christian Bangel, Die Zeit, February 21, 2011.

Hamburg-Pleite lässt die Grünen zittern,” By Florian Gathmann, Der Spiegel, February 21, 2011.

Westerwelle strahlt wieder,” By Michael Schlieben, Die Zeit, February 21, 2011.

Hamburger CDU-Chef wirft hin,” Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 21, 2011.

Nach der Wahl ist vor dem Kampf,” By Annett Meiritz and Björn Hengst, Der Spiegel, February 21, 2011.

SPD-Wahlsieg in Hamburg Allein gegen alle,” By R. Wiegand, Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 21, 2011.

Grüne kommen in der Realität an,” By Steven Geyer and Marten Hahn, Frankfurter Rundschau, February 20, 2011.

Union verliert wegen Hamburg Sitze im Bundesrat,” By Daniel Friedrich Sturm, Die Welt, February 20, 2011.

Erdbeben mit Ansage,” By Ansgar Siemens, FOCUS-Online, February 20, 2011.

Angela Merkel und der Verlust der letzten Metropole,” By Robin Alexander, Die Welt, February 20, 2011.

Post-Election Coverage – English

Merkel Will Need to Get Tough Ahead of German Polling,” By Derek Scally, The Irish Times, February 22, 2011.

Hamburg’s Lesson,” The Financial Times, February 21, 2011.

Is This the End for Angela Merkel?” By Jakob Augstein, The Guardian, February 21, 2011.

Merkel Downplays Election Whipping for Her Party,” By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press, February 21, 2011.

It’s Grim Up North (for Angela),” The Economist, February 21, 2011.

Hamburg Election Result Is a ‘Political Tsunami,’” By David Gordon Smith, Der Spiegel, February 21, 2011.

Hamburg’s Bellwether Vote,” The Local, February 21, 2011.

Hamburg Holds Lessons for German Parties,” By Quentin Peel, The Financial Times, February 21, 2011.

Hamburg Rout Bodes Ill for Merkel in Election Year,” By Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters, February 21, 2011.

Angela Merkel’s Party Crushed in Hamburg Poll,” By Helen Pidd, The Guardian, February 21, 2011.

Social Democrats Win Historic Victory in Hamburg Election,” Der Spiegel, February 21, 2011.

Angela Merkel’s Party Loses Hamburg Election,” BBC News, February 21, 2011.

Merkel’s Party Trounced in Hamburg Poll,” By Tony Paterson, The Independent, February 21, 2011.

Merkel’s Party Suffers State Defeat,” By Patrick McGroarty, The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2011.

Merkel’s Party Loses Ground as SPD Wins Back Hamburg,” By Derek Scally, The Irish Times, February 21, 2011.

Merkel’s Party is Defeated in Election in Hamburg,” By Judy Dempsey, The New York Times, February 20, 2011.

Merkel’s Party Hammered in State Elections,” By Joanna Impey and David Levitz, Deutsche Welle, February 20, 2011.

Pre-Election Coverage – German

Hamburger SPD in Umfrage bei 46 Prozent,” Financial Times Deutschland, February 11, 2011.

Scholz träumt vom Bürgermeisterzimmer,” Die Welt, February 11, 2011.

Wer und was in Hamburg zur Wahl steht,” By Frank Pergande, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 11, 2011.

Ole von Beust: ‘Schwarz-Grün war kein Fehler,’” By Florian Hanauer, Die Welt, February 11, 2011.

FDP flirtet mit SPD – Alle lieben Olaf,” By Jens Schneider, Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 10, 2011.

Fein raus und doch mittendrin,” By Matthias Wyssuwa, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 10, 2011.

Hamburgs Grüne auf schwieriger Mission,” By Hauke Friederichs, Die Zeit, February 9, 2011.

Wahl in Hamburg: Olaf Scholz – ‘Bei ihm ist alles Taktik,’” By Jens Schneider, Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 8, 2011.

SPD vor absoluter Mehrheit: Grüne fürchten Pleite in Hamburg,” By Florian Gathmann, Der Spiegel, February 6, 2011.

CDU zwischen Panik und Fatalismus,” By Markus Klemm, DPA, February 5, 2011.

Pre-election Coverage – English

SPD and Greens Set for Power in Hamburg,” The Local, February 13, 2011.

German SPD Expecting Lift From Hamburg Election,” By Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters, February 10, 2011.

Merkel’s Coalition Closes Poll Gap With Opposition,” The Local, February 9, 2011.

Key Political Risks to Watch in Germany,” By Erik Kirschbaum and Christiaan Hetzner, Reuters, February 1, 2011.

Merkel Doesn’t See Euro Crisis Damaging CDU as Seven State Elections Loom,” By Rainer Buergin, Bloomberg, January 15, 2011.

Will the Eagle Crash-land?The Economist, January 13, 2011.

Official Links

Hamburg Landeswahlamt Official Site – Candidate backgrounds and more

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