• Simon Green
Part of the EU Election Studies book series (EUES)

Like in 1999, the 2004 European Parliament election in Germany was held against a background of widespread voter discontent with the incumbent federal government, consisting of a coalition between the social democrats (SPD) and the ecologist Greens under the leadership of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.1 Whereas in 1999, much of the government parties’ poor result could be put down to their uncertain start in offi ce the previous year, following 16 years in opposition to a conservative (CDU/CSU) and liberal (FDP) alliance under Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the voters’ ire was on this occasion directed at the government’s attempts to address Germany’s increasing structural economic problems.2


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