Dortmund - Politics

Politics

The politics of Dortmund are dominated by the social-democratic SPD. Since World War II, the SPD has been the biggest party on the town council (German: Stadtrat) - except from 1999 to 2004. Since the 2012 local election, there are 8 parties and electors' groups on the town council (86 seats; 2009: 96 seats):

Party Party List votes Vote percentage Total Seats Seat percentage
Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) 63.616 43,7 % (+5,9 %) 38 (+1) 44,2 %
Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) 39.627 27,2 % (-1,5 %) 23 (-5) 26,7 %
Alliance '90/The Greens (GRÜNE) 25.081 17,2 % (+1,8 %) 15 (=) 17,4 %
The Left (DIE LINKE.) 5.071 3,5 % (-2,0 %) 3 (-2) 3,5 %
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 3.739 2,6 % (-3,7 %) 2 (-4) 2,3 %
National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) 2.771 1,9 % (+1,0 %) 2 (+1) 2,3 %
Citizens' List – Free Voters Dortmund (Bürgerliste) 2.760 1,9 % (-0,1 %) 2 (=) 2,3 %
Free Citizens' Initiative (FBI) 1.684 1,2 % (+0,1 %) 1 (=) 1,2 %
Left Alliance Dortmund - Partyfree Left, DKP and SDAJ (Linkes Bündnis Dortmund) 782 0,5 % (-0,1 %) - (=) -
Dortmund Independent Voters' Community 2009 (DUW 2009) 175 0,1 % (=) - (=) -
Break-up basic income – Stopp Hartz IV (Aufbruch Grundeinkommen – Hartz IV muss weg) 166 0,1 % (=) - (=) -
Independent candidate 22 0,0 % (=) - (=) -
German People's Union (DVU) - - (-1,5%) - (-1) -
Gesamt 145.595 100,0 % 86 (-10) 100,0 %

Actual composition of the local council:

SPD CDU GRÜNE FDP/Bürgerliste DIE LINKE. Non-inscrit Total
2012 38 23 15 4 3 3 86

Since May 2010, the lord mayor of Dortmund is Ullrich Sierau (SPD). He works with changing majorities in the local council.

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