Germany may be soon recalled to the polls after Ms Merkel failed to conclude talks with coalition partners in order to prop up a new Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Government.
And AfD co-leader Alice Wiedel warned her party was ready to further gains should new elections be called.
She said: “Merkel is finished. This shows that the AfD works because we prevented a black and green government [with the CDU/CSU and Greens].
Anti-mass immigration party to place a motion to this effect in German parliament next week.
All parties are anxious to avoid a repeat election, which they fear could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which surged into parliament for the first time in September’s national election.
Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance had already recently dipped to 31%, a stark contrast to Viktor Orban’s support in Hungary where he’s backed by 59%. Merkel’s party have now sunk to 29%.
Something has changed in Germany. A country that until recently was crowned the most popular in the world in various surveys has become consumed by self-doubt and mired in a quest for identity. The rapid rise of the AfD has rocked the nation, including in the states of what was once West Germany and where the AfD are now represented in all state legislatures. Mainly, however, it has been the case in the states of the former East, where the AfD is now the second more powerful party. In Saxony, it’s the strongest.
A judge in Göttingen, Germany has declared that AfD members must inform their landlords of their party membership. Supposedly being a member of “right-wing” AfD makes them targets for violence and vandalism. If that’s true, it’s the fault of Muslims in Germany, not AfD members. It is an extremely dangerous sign for the future if people in Markel’s Germany must now declare their political affiliations, at least if they’re on what the enemedia call the “far right,” in order to apply for housing. This is obvious and unacceptable discrimination. Germany is once again becoming a fascist state.
I’ve seen this movie before but I think there’s going to be an alternate ending this time.
In the raw hours after the recent German election, politicians struggled to process one result in particular. Alternative for Germany (AfD)—an upstart populist party incensed by the influx of Muslim refugees and migrants into Germany since 2015—had finished in third place, with nearly 13 percent of the vote, and was poised to enter the legislature for the first time. Angela Merkel, who won a fourth term as chancellor, promised to conduct a “thorough analysis” of why so many of her voters had flocked to the AfD. Her main challenger, Martin Schulz, noted that German democracy had “survived” despite “an extreme far-right party showing its ugly face.” Others were more alarmed. Once again, the leaders of the Greens lamented, there are “Nazis in parliament.”
The German public have, as predicted, kept ahold of nurse. But it is the breakthrough of the AfD into the German Parliament that is causing headlines around the world. Of course the four-year old party’s electoral success is also unsurprising. In elections last September the AfD were elected to representative roles in most of the country’s regional assemblies and beat Merkel’s party into third place in her own constituency.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office, but the real winner of the German election on September 24 was the Alternative for Germany, an upstart party that harnessed widespread anger over Merkel’s decision to allow into the country more than a million mostly Muslim migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Preliminary election results show that Merkel’s center-right CDU/CSU alliance won around 33% of the vote, its worst electoral result in nearly 70 years. Merkel’s main challenger, Martin Schulz and his center-left SPD, won 20.5%, the party’s worst-ever showing.
The right-wing, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has entered parliament in Germany for the first time, winning 12.6% of the vote and more than 90 seats.
Founded in 2013 as an anti-euro party, it has dramatically shifted its focus to immigration and Islam and is increasingly seen as far-right in tone.
Stephan Brandner, the newly elected Member of the Bundestag for Erfurt, told reporters the party will press ahead with an inquiry into Merkel’s handling of the migrant crisis.
Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc won 32.5% of the vote, down from 41.5% in the 2013 German elections, right-wing Alternative for Germany enters parliament for the first time with 13.5% of the vote.
German voters went to the polls on Sunday for a general election which is almost guaranteed to return Angela Merkel as Chancellor for a fourth term, though the vote risks being overshadowed by a surge in support for the far-right AfD.
Officials with AfD have complained that Google is blocking large parts of its advertising campaign. “We aren’t having difficulties with any other platform,” said campaign manager Kunkel. He said that Facebook and Twitter are treating AfD like a normal customer. “But Google is sabotaging us, creating a disadvantage for us relative to our political competition.”
Islam is not only a religion, but also a “political doctrine” seeking to penetrate all areas of society, said Alexander Gauland, the co-chair of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, adding that it is “incompatible” with democracy.
“The growing Islamization of Germany poses an urgent challenge for its public and state order; cultural identity and internal peace,” Gauland said during the press conference held less than a week before the German parliamentary elections scheduled for September 24.