Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 Euro Election Posters from Germany

While in Berlin last week for the International Trade Union Confederation Congress and LabourStart's Global Solidarity Conference, I observed lots of election posters for the Euro elections which were held last week.

My theory was the party votes would be roughly in inverse proportion to the attractiveness of the posters.  The two leading parties, the CDU and the SPD, seem to have relied more on billboards, while the other parties had more posters.

Here's a defaced CDU (Christian Democratic Union) billboard featuring Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by a poster featuring another CDU politician, and then an issue themed billboard.

Here's the SPD (Social Democratic Party) billboard, features Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament since 2012. Previously he was leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, And their candidate for Euro Parliament President in 2014.

Here is a poster from the Green Party
 Here are two posters from Der Linke,  the "Left Party."  The bottom one also includes one from the "Pirate Party."


Two Communist Parties with terrible politics had great posters. Here is one from the DKP, German Communist Party, which considers itself a continuation of the historic Stalinist Party.

Here is a poster for the Marxist–Leninist Party of Germany (German: Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands, MLPD), an anti-revisionist party which still looks kindly on Stalin and Mao.

A poster from the Ecological Democratic Party, an ecological party that is also anti-abortion.

Finally, from the Euro-skeptic Alternative for Germany, contesting the Euro elections for the first time. 

Results:  CDU/CSU  35% (down 3%);  SPD 27% (up 3.5%); Greens (10.7% down 1.4%); The Left (7%, down .08%): AfD (7%, new party). The Ecological Democratic Party (.64%, down .1%). 

The Communist Parties got less than 0.6 percent of the vote, but I haven't seen any detailed results.

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