It is the fourth and last state election this year. But as seldom before, a ballot in a federal state has been overshadowed by federal political issues like this one. How do I get through the energy crisis? And what else threatens us from Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine? Election campaigners of all persuasions reported before the election Sunday that these were the questions that occupied people.

Last but not least, this election is a test of approval for the traffic light coalition in Berlin. Will the tripartite alliance between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) be punished in view of the crisis? Or can the incumbent Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) give the chancellor and the federal government a tailwind with an election victory and then possibly a red-green coalition? That should show this Sunday.

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