The governing three-party bloc is showing worse results than its conservative opposition and right-wing AfD A damaged election poster shows German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Frankfurt, Germany, June 9, 2024 © AP / Michael Probst

Germany’s ruling coalition was outdistanced by its opposition in Sunday’s vote for the EU parliament, coming in behind conservatives and right-wing Alternative for Germany, projections indicated.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) support came in at around 14%, down from their 2019 result of 15.8% and their worst result in decades, according to early forecasts for ZDF and ARD television, based on exit polls and partial counting.

The center-right main opposition, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) are predicted to take first place with around 30%. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is a member of the CDU, the bigger of the two parties in the bloc.

Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) could be seen coming up in second place with some 16%.

The other members of Scholz’s “traffic light coalition,” the environmentalist Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP) are estimated to get around 12% and 5% respectively, marking a significant decrease in support from recent years.

The largest among the 27 member states of the EU, Germany currently holds 96 seats in the European Parliament. (RT)