Leader’s walkout stuns German far right after election success
Just as the Alternative for Germany (AfD) was basking in the glow of its greatest triumph, tensions at the top of the far-right party exploded.
On the morning after the AfD won 12.6 percent of the votes in Sunday’s general election, becoming the first far-right party to enter the German parliament since World War II, co-chair Frauke Petry took her fellow leaders by surprise by announcing at a joint press conference that she would not join the AfD’s group in parliament.
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Merkel’s Position Shaky, While AfD Rise ‘Is Return to European Norms’
Angela Merkel’s CDU has emerged as the biggest party in the Bundeswahl, tainted however by a collapsing vote share and the rise of Alternative for Germany (AfD). Experts have told Sputnik she may not have many days as Chancellor left as a result, while the AfD may prove of service to German political culture.
Angela Merkel may be set to remain Chancellor, but Professor Nils Diederich of the Free University of Berlin has told Sputnik many Germans now want Merkel to “finish up her work” and “leave it to other people.”
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