Weakened Angela Merkel Wins German Election, Right Wing AFD Enters Parliament

merkel wins 4th term

In what has been described by German media as a major disappointment, Angela Merkel won her fourth term as Germany’s Chancellor, with her alliance (Christian Union CDU/CSU) registering their worst score in almost 70 years. Merkel’s Christian Union is projected to win almost 33% of the votes, followed by various other parties, like SPD with almost 21%, FDP with almost 11%, the Greens with almost 9% etc.

What’s remarkable in this election is the fact that the German establishment was trounced, with SPD announcing they’ll enter the opposition, basically collapsing the grand coalition of CDU/CSU-SPD which ruled Germany for the last decades. The 2017 election marked the worst result for the CDU/CSU alliance since 1949 and the worst result for SPD since 1945.

The right-wing nationalist and anti illegal immigration party AfD won 13.5% of the votes, which makes it the third most-popular party in Germany.

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Even if Merkel managed to gain her fourth mandate as chancellor after 12 years in power, the 33% of the votes won by the so-called conservative alliance CDU/CSU was disappointing, and the same story goes for Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats. A major German newspaper (Bild) described AfD’s 13.5% performance as a political earthquake, with AfD supporters cheering and gathering at a Berlin club, celebrating their historic result.

The AfD party is just 4 years old and given its anti immigration and nationalist tendencies, it is shunned by German mainstream media as a far-right party (whatever that means). Also, various politicians and media pundits branded AfD as Nazis entering the Bundestag. The voter turnout was a massive 80%, but despite the mainstream media hysteria about the “far right” AfD entering the Bundestag(mainstream media labels any political movement to the right of Stalin, of which Merkel was a huge fan of by the way, as far right) , nothing really changed in the country’s political realm, at least for now.

As unbelievable and crazy as it may appear to many that Merkel got re-elected again, it’s really no surprise. The good news is that the right-wing AfD made huge gains, garnering near 14% of the vote – something almost unthinkable just a couple of years ago. This is major happening for a country burdened (and brainwashed) with such extreme historic-guilt like Germany. These are small steps forward.

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  • Kevin Elks

    What is in the minds of the German people I cannot fathom. They like us are being destroyed along with those freedoms hard gained over the many centuries and will be dragged back into the dark ages by the hoards of invading Islamists just as the rest of Europe and the United Kingdom of Britain. Are the German people stupid, I cannot believe they are so, what exactly is going on in the minds of the German people?

    Merkel re-elected after all the damage to Germany and its culture, its values, what is in their minds?

  • Gigi Phenomenon

    hard to say…