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German Bundestag Election 2021: Who is the FDP?

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An analysis by Andreas Herteux, head of the Erich von Werner Society.

First published in Analysen-Magazin.

Elections in Germany are followed with the greatest interest around the world, because they are of central importance for relations with other states. Now the Bundestag election is just around the corner, and it is likely to make a variety of coalitions possible. One hotly contested partner is the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

The FDP has had several phases in its history in which Israel was viewed critically, but since the Westerwelle era at the latest it has been committed to unadulterated solidarity, cooperation and friendship:

“The security and the right of existence of Israel are for us German reason of state, the protection of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state is and remains for us fundamental pillars of German foreign and security policy. We are committed to ensuring that Germany the deepening of the close and friendly relations between Germany and Israel and to promote joint civil society activities, further expand economic, cultural and scientific cooperation […]. “ [1]

Therefore, who are the liberals? Where do they come from? Who votes for the party? What is the strategy 2021 and what result can be expected?

What was the development of the FDP?

Although the liberal roots of the FDP lie in the 19th century, the Free Democratic Party was founded only after the Second World War, in 1948, but followed in personnel and topics earlier political organizations and associations of the same spectrum.

After the war and into the 1990s, the party went through several phases in which the emphasis was variable: Sometimes they tended to position themselves national-liberal, then social-liberal and now primarily pro-business. The FDP was very often in government and was, in the clear party system of West Germany, long the famous tongues on the scales, which changed only with the arrival of the Greens in the Bundestag. Often with the orientation also the heads and the voters changed, e.g.........

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