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Germany European Parliament election, 2009
99 seats to the European Parliament
7 June 2009

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Germany was the German part of the European Parliament election, 2009. The voting was held on Sunday, 7 June. A total of 26 parties competed for the 99 seats reserved for Germany in the European Parliament. In the previous election of 2004, the six parties, which are also currently represented in the German national parliament (Bundestag), had entered the European Parliament by overcoming the 5% election threshold. The same parties entered the European Parliament this time. None of the other parties managed to gain more than 1.7%. At 43.3%, the voter turnout was just over the all-time low in the previous European election in Germany (43.0%).[1]

Results

European Parliament election, 2009 (June 7)
Party European Party Votes % Change Seats Change
  Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
European People's Party
8,069,983
30.7%
-5.9%
34
-6
  Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU)
1,896,777
7.2%
-0.8%
8
-1
  Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
5,471,703
20.8%
-0.7%
23
±0
  Alliance '90/The Greens
European Green Party
3,193,821
12.1%
+0.2%
14
+1
  Free Democratic Party
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party
2,887,331
11.0%
+4.9%
12
+5
  The Left
Party of the European Left
1,968,325
7.6%
+1.5%
8
+1
  Free Voters
-
441,726
1.7%
+1.7%
0
-
  The Republicans
-
347,897
1.3%
-0.6%
0
-
Human Environment Animal Welfare
-
289,572
1.1%
-0.2%
0
-
Family Party of Germany
-
252,149
1.0%
-
0
-
Others
-
1,508,867
5.7%
-
0
-
Invalid Ballots
596,682
-
-
-
-
Total
26,328,152
100%
-
99
-

Polls

Party Last
election
2009-04-03
Infratest[2]
2009-04-22
GESS[2]
2009-05-07
Infratest[2]
2009-05-28
Infratest[2]
2009-05-29
FW[2]
  CDU+CSU 44.5% 36% (30+6) 39% 37% (31+6) 39% (33+6) 39%
  SPD 21.5% 28% 27% 28% 26% 25%
  The Greens 11.9% 13% 13% 12% 12% 10%
  FDP 6.1% 10% 10% 10% 9% 10%
  The Left 6.1% 8% 6% 8% 7% 8%
  Other 9.8% 5% 5% 5% 7% 8%

Of particular interest in the European elections was the performance of the conservative CSU. The party only stands for election in the state of Bavaria, instead of its nationwide "sister party", CDU, where it has traditionally been the dominating party, winning absolute majorities for decades. As the CSU's share of votes has to be above 5% on the national level in order to gain seats in the European Parliament, it must gain at least 35% of the Bavarian electorate to pass this threshold. While the CSU had still won 58% in the 2003 Bavaria state election, in the state elections in 2008, its share plummeted to only 43.4%, which was only about 6% on the national level.[3] Despite these fears, in this European election, the CSU gained 7.2% on the national level.

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