Free Voters

Free Voters ( German : Freie Wähler , FW or FWG) in Germany may belong to an association of persons which participates in an election without having the status of a registered political party . Usually it involves a local organized group of voters in the form of a registered association (eV) . In most cases, Free Voters campaign at the local government , standing for city ​​councils and for mayoralties. Free Voters tend to achieve their most successful electoral results in rural areas of southern Germany. Free Voter groups are active in all German states .

In contrast, the Free Voters of Bavaria have also been challenged by state elections since 1998. In the Bavaria State Election of 2008 FW obtained 10.2% of the vote and their first 20 seats in the Landtag . [1] Gabriele Pauli , a former member of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria , has been helped by the presence of Gabriele Pauli . [2] [3] Others suggest that the cause and effect may be the other way about. [4] In the state election of 2013 FW repeated its success, gaining 9.0% of the votes and 19 seats.

European Parliament

In the 2014 European parliament elections in Germany, the Free Voters list received 1.46% of the national vote and returned a single MEP , Ulrike Müller , [5] who sits with the ALDE Group . [6] The Federal Free Voters Association joined the European Democratic Party in October 2015. [7]

In June 2017 Arne Gericke  ( de ) , who is with the European Parliament and the European Conservatives and Reformists group and was elected in 2014 on the Family Party of Germany , joined the federal association. [8]

References

  1. Jump up^ “Ergebnisse Landtagswahl Bayern 2008” . Web.archive.org . Archived from the original on 2008-09-30 . Retrieved 2017-05-23 .
  2. Jump up^ s. “Freie Wähler -” Sicher nicht Frau Pauli “- Bayern – sueddeutsche.de” . Web.archive.org . Archived from the original on 2008-08-03 . Retrieved 2017-05-23 .
  3. Jump up^ [1]
  4. Jump up^ “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on 2013-07-01 . Retrieved 2013-05-25 .
  5. Jump up^ “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on 2015-07-05 . Retrieved 2014-11-23 .
  6. Jump up^ “Ulrike MÜLLER – VoteWatch Europe” . Votewatch.eu . Retrieved 16 May 2017 .
  7. Jump up^ “Press-Detail – FREIE WÄHLER Bundesvereinigung” . Freiewaehler.eu . Retrieved 16 May 2017 .
  8. Jump up^ Online, FOCUS. “Schwerin: Gericke von der Familienpartei wechselt zu Freien Wahlern” . FOCUS Online (in German) . Retrieved 2017-07-11 .

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