Berlin Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf (electoral district)

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Location of constituency in Berlin

Berlin Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf is one of the 299 single member constituencies used for the German parliament, the Bundestag. Located in West Berlin, the constituency was created for the 1990 election, the first following German reunification. The first two elections in 1990 and 1994 were won by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) gained the seat in 1998 and held it until 2013, when it was regained by the CDU. The current representative is Klaus-Dieter Gröhler.[1]

History and boundaries[edit]

The constituency, numbered constituency 81 by the German electoral authorities,[2] contains the whole of the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf with the exception of the neighbourhood of North Charlottenburg, north of the river Spree, which is one eponymous section of the Berlin Spandau – Charlottenburg North constituency.

Prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the area was the centre of the former West Berlin. It contains a number of Berlin landmarks such as the Kurfürstendamm (or Ku'damm as it is known to locals), the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Charlottenburg Palace and the Olympic Stadium.

In 1990 and 1994 the local MP was Dietrich Mahlo of the CDU who lost to the SPD candidate Siegrun Klemmer in 1998. Klemmer was replaced as SPD candidate by the current MP Petra-Evelyne Merkel at the 2002 election.

Profile[edit]

The number of residents with German citizenship was 83.2%, a figure below the Berlin average of 86.6%.[3] 38.9% of residents had University qualifications.

Electoral system[edit]

Elections in Germany take place using the Additional Member System. Voters have two votes, one for a constituency MP and one for a regional list to elect representatives for the whole of Berlin city. Elections for the Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf constituency take place using the first past the post system.

Results[edit]

2009 election[edit]

Party Constituency results List results
Candidate Votes  % share +/- Votes  % share +/-
Social Democratic Party of Germany Petra-Evelyne Merkel 47,340 32.0 -11.9 31,719 21.4 -10.6
Christian Democratic Union Ingo Schmitt 44,549 30.2 -3.4 39,331 26.5 -0.8
Alliance '90/The Greens Elisabeth Paus 26,778 18.1 +7.1 32,724 22.1 +2.6
The Left Party.PDS Hans-Ulrich Riedel 9,978 6.8 +2.2 12,868 8.7 +2.8
Free Democratic Party Peter Schantz 16,397 11.1 +5.6 24,313 16.4 +4.0
National Democratic Party of Germany 1,187 0.8 0.0 893 0.6 0.0
Pirate Party N/A N/A N/A N/A 3,564 2.4 N/A
Others 1,504 1.0 N/A 2,973 2.0 N/A

Out of a total electorate of 184,436, the total number of votes cast was 126,799 (68.7%) of which 3,098 votes were invalid.

Source:[4]

2005 election[edit]

Party Constituency results List results
Candidate Votes  % share +/- Votes  % share +/-
Social Democratic Party of Germany Petra-Evelyne Merkel 68,625 44.0 +2.3 50,168 32.0 -0.8
Christian Democratic Union Ingo Schmitt 52,408 33.6 +2.4 42,736 27.3 -3.0
Alliance '90/The Greens Elfi Jantzen 17,273 11.1 -3.1 30,468 19.4 -3.1
Free Democratic Party Jürgen Schick 8,591 5.5 -3.8 19,341 12.3 +3.2
The Left Party.PDS Natalie Rottka 7,042 4.5 +2.5 9,152 5.8 +3.5
National Democratic Party of Germany Andreas Storr 1,298 0.8 N/A 1,703 1.2 +1.0
Others 2,864 2.1 N/A 4,895 2.9 N/A

Out of a total electorate of 196,910, the total number of votes cast was 158,865 (80.7%) of which 2,771 votes were invalid.

Source:[5]

2002 election[edit]

Party Constituency results List results
Candidate Votes  % share +/- Votes  % share +/-
Social Democratic Party of Germany Petra-Evelyne Merkel 67,738 41.7 -1.6 53,398 32.8 -3.3
Christian Democratic Union Siegfried Helias 50,662 31.2 -2.2 49,254 30.3
Alliance '90/The Greens Franziska Eichstädt-Bohlig 23,005 14.2 +2.6 36,611 22.5 -6.9
Free Democratic Party Günter Rexrodt 15,016 9.3 +3.3 14,757 9.1 0.0
The Left Party.PDS Natalie Rottka 3,271 2.0 +0.3 3,728 2.3 -0.1
The Grays – Gray Panthers Dieter Peuker 2,072 1.3 +0.3 1,188 0.7 0.0
Others 484 0.3 N/A 3,818 2.3 N/A

Out of a total electorate of 199,931, the total number of votes cast was 164,302 (82.2%) of which 2,054 votes were invalid.

Source:[6]

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