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“Since the beginning of 2015, the FDP has increased in every election, but even if we have gained considerable strength and substance, the FDP will continue to work with great seriousness. We have shown that we can win elections with courage and the willingness to take responsibility,” said the FDP leader, Christian Lindner, after his party won 6.7% of the vote.
LI Vice-President on the Bureau and Chairperson of LI Human Rights Committee, Markus Löning, was thrilled with the FDP’s victory: “FDP has made an impressive comeback to the political stage of Berlin. Voters wanted fresh ideas and new people in parliament. Berlin needs more jobs and better schools and FDP candidates had some convincing ideas. Although the smallest group in parliament, FDP has the chance to lead the opposition.”
Already looking at the 2017 general election, Lindner and his party are hopeful and ready to get their hands dirty: “We are the party of the social market economy, civil rights and education, [and] we look at individuals and want to make them strong! We, the Free Democrats, are as independent as ever. We want to implement more liberal projects [in the future].”
“We are making progress!” concluded the party leader.
The Christian democratic Union (CDU) – second largest party in Berlin – were disappointed by the end result, proving to be their worst-ever election thus far. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) still remains the largest party in Germany’s capital,with an alliance involving the FDP remaining an option.