Germans go to the polls in three states…
Angela Merkel’s policy of unhindered mass immigration is coming home to roost as her CDU party took a massive body blow in this Sunday’s state elections.
Also Germany’s other mainstream established parties have been dealt severe hits as voters went to the polls in three states: Saxony Anhalt, Baden Württemberg and Rhineland Palatinate.
Rise of the Right
The recently minted populist rightwing Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD) – Alternative for Germany- has risen into a major party that will certainly become a thorn in Germany’s consensus-oriented mainstream political landscape.
The AfD pulled in an astonishing 24% in the eastern state of Saxony Anahlt amid growing fears of an emerging right. They performed strongly elsewhere as voters ignored warnings not to vote for them.
The preliminary results and the change from 2011 are in:
CDU conservatives 29.7 % (lost 2.8%)
SPD socialists 10.2% (lost 11.3%)
Linke (leftists) 15.7.9% (lost 8.0%)
Grünen (greens) 5.0% (lost 2.1%)
FDP free democrats 3.8% (gained 1.2%)
AfD (rightwing) 24.0%
CDU Conservatives 26.9% (lost 12.1%)
SPD socialists 12.8% (lost 10.3%)
Linke (leftists) 2.9% (gained 0.1%)
Grünen (greens) 30.5% (gained 6.2%)
FDP free democrats 8.4% (gained 3.1%)
AfD (rightwing) 14.9%
CDU Conservatives 32.0% (lost 3.2%)
SPD socialists 36.8% (gained 1.1%)
Linke (leftists) 3.0% (no change)
Grünen (greens) 5.2% (lost 10.3%)
FDP free democrats 6.2% (gained 2.0%)
AfD (rightwing) 11.7%
The numbers will be revised as the evening goes on.
Overall it’s clear that Germany’s mainstream parties took severe hits. In protest to the handling of immigration policy, a large chunk of voters opted for the AfD party. It’s unknown whether the AfD has any staying power. They’ve been under massive attack by the media and established politicians.
The FDP Free Democrats appear to have emerged from their near extinction, managing to squeak by the 5.0% threshold in all three states.
One thing is certain: Germans are demanding alternatives to the consensus-driven culture that has gripped the country since Angela Merkel has been in office as chancellor. Germans don’t mind immigration, and understand it is necessary. They just want it to be done right. Sound familiar?