The eroding of the two Volksparteien CDU and SPD described in the previous blog is also noticed on the municipal level. In Freiburg, the CDU got the beating (minus three seats of nine in the city council) while the SPD lost "only" two of eight.
The Social Democrats also had more votes than the Christian Democrats. This is possibly due to the facts that our young independent Lordmayor Martin Horn was and still is supported by the SPD and that Ulrich von Kirchbach (SPD), mayor for social and cultural affairs, doing an excellent job is rather popular in Freiburg.
Positive was the turnout: 62,8% of the registered voters cast their votes compared to 51,4% in 2014, and there will be 23 female city councilors.
For the first time, the right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) will send two deputies (3.6% of the votes) into the city council although they had hoped for more. It clearly shows that green Freiburg is not a breeding ground for right-wing ideas.