Bavarian conservative boss urges new German elections ‘like in France’

(LR) Christian Doleschal, CSU Member of the European Parliament, Markus Soeder, Prime Minister of Bavaria and President of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), Monika Hohlmeier (C), CSU Member of the European Parliament, Manfred Weber (R), chairman of the European People's Party, and Stefan Kohler attend the CSU election party at the CSU party headquarters after the first results of the 2024 European elections. Peter Kneffel/dpa

The leader of the German conservative party CSU in the state of Bavaria, Markus Söder, is calling for early national parliamentary elections as soon as possible, after the mishandling of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s centre-left coalition in the European elections.

“This government is basically ready. And it must now be like France: new elections have been asked, there are new elections by Macron,” Söder, who is also the state premier of Bavaria, told broadcaster n-tv on Monday morning.

“Our country needs a new start,” he said. “That is why new elections must be held as soon as possible.”

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the dissolution of the National Assembly after his party’s resounding defeat by the far right on Sunday evening.

There will be elections in two rounds on June 30 and July 7 before the start of the Olympic Games in Paris.

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