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Olaf Scholz’s party suffers worst EU election defeat as AfD surges

10 June 2024

7:24 PM

10 June 2024

7:24 PM

The mood in Olaf Scholz’s SPD party headquarters in Berlin is despondent this morning. The German Chancellor’s party won just 13.9 per cent in the European elections – placing them third in the country and a full two percentage points behind the far-right AfD party.

The SPD hasn’t done this badly in a national vote since 1949 – and the result comes less than 18 months until Germany holds its federal election.

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