“The AfD is a party that is not bringing together society and not offering the appropriate solutions for the problems, but it is stirring up prejudice and polarizing.”
Thus spake Germany’s chancellor Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Angela Merkel last weeken toGerman Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag about the threat she believes the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party poses to the country.
Apparently, German voters have developed selective deafness whenever Merkel speaks about their duty to hand their country over to third world migrants who gave demanded the sausage scoffing German’s stop eating pork, and told German women who are raped by immigrants it is their own fault for dressing immodestly and leaving the house without their husband’s permission.
And all that has gone on without a word of objection from the authorities or any reminder about whose country and culture it is.
In what a sweeping rejection of the government’s open-door refugee policies, Merkel’s conservatives lost in two of the three state elections on Sunday with AfD scoring significant wins at the ballot box.
“With three states in play on Sunday, support for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union declined in the southwestern region of Baden-Wuerttemberg — the biggest prize — in Saxony-Anhalt in the formerly communist east and in the western region of Rhineland-Palatinate compared with five years ago, according to exit polls for national broadcaster ARD,” Bloomberg reports, adding that “If confirmed, the results would mean the CDU failed in its bid to win back Baden-Wuerttemberg and take Rhineland-Palatinate. Turnout, Bloomberg says, was higher than the last elections in 2011.
“The party’s surge could reduce the dominance of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in state legislatures and put renewed pressure on the chancellor to shut Germany’s doors to migrants—a step she has so far rejected despite about one million arrivals last year,” WSJ wrote, earlier today.
AfD won’t be able to do much from the state level when it comes to affecting the country’s policy on refugees, but the groundswell of support for the nationalists is just the latest sign that Europeans have soured completely on the notion that the Mid-East’s problems are something Europe should have to solve.
“Even those who vote for it don’t think the party has better policies or can contribute to the solution. It’s just about teaching ‘them up there’ a lesson,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said.
He’s probably correct, although many Germans thing a U turn on immigration is essential and would like to see an unravelling of the plan to stitch together 28 sovereign states, with all their cultural and economic differences into a single federal superstate. But a loss is a loss, and if Sunday’s results are any indication of what’s coming, Germany may be headed for a rough ride politically over the next few years.
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