Lesson from the German Elections: Voters See Through the 'Equality' Scam

  • Lesson from the German Elections: Voters See Through the 'Equality' Scam

Lesson from the German Elections: Voters See Through the 'Equality' Scam

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing harsh criticism from her allies after the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won Sunday's general election despite the politician's declining support.

After suffering the worst result in their postwar history in Sunday's election, the center-left Social Democrats said they would not continue their role as junior partners to Merkel's conservatives, who came first, in the next government.

"The AFD, the nationalist far right party which has good relations with Russian Federation will have for the first time parliamentary Presence with 13% of the vote", said Fariborz Saremi, a Hamburg-based analyst and WorldTribune.com contributing editor.

The AfD rocked the political establishment by taking votes away from Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and other parties.

"It is also a party that wants a 180-degree turnaround of the commemoration policy" of the crimes of the Holocaust, Lagodinsky said.

"We have the right to reclaim not just our country, but also our past", he said during a party meeting in September.

We don't need to beat around the bush.

But Petry has clashed with other senior members, arguing for the party to take a more moderate course. So, while she emerged victorious, she and her party suffered defeat. On the face of it, Germans have opted for a safe pair of hands. In addition, the 2017 voter turnout rose from 71.5 percent in 2013 to 76.5 percent as Germans voiced their concerns and cast their ballots.

While acknowledging her responsibility for the state of polarisation, Merkel said: "I still see the basic decisions that I have taken and I take responsibility for them".

"Post election, the behavior towards foreigners may change to some extent, similar to what happened in the U.S. after Donald Trump became president, but as long as Merkel and other democratic politicians are determined, the system will be protected", a Bonn-based researcher from Pakistan told DW on condition of anonymity. A grand coalition would leave a vacuum that would be filled by another party, one probably to the left of Labour or the right of National.

The news that the right-wing nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany) won nearly 13 per cent of the votes and is now the third largest political force in Germany has deeply shocked many Germans.

Merkel's conservative CDU-CSU bloc has begun coalition talks with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens but the parties have different views on a range of issues including migration, energy, taxation and Europe.