Eight Lessons from Germany’s Elections
Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday’s general election in Germany.
By Sebastian Fischer
First. The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) is the third-strongest political party in the country and will be taking seats in the German parliament, the Bundestag. There are more than a few right-wing radicals in their ranks, meaning the ghosts of Germany’s past are returning. It marks the first time since the early days of postwar Germany that a far-right party will be represented in the Bundestag — and the AfD will be much stronger than its predecessors given that it is likely to have over 80 deputies.
German election: Angela Merkel ‘will listen to far-right AfD voters’ as she wins fourth term
The Chancellor said she would try and solve the problems of AfD voters
By John Stone
Angela Merkel has pledged to listen to the concerns of people who voted for the far-right AfD party in a bid to win back their support.
In a victory address following initial results that saw her returned for a fourth term as Chancellor, Ms Merkel spoke of “illicit migration” and “internal security” – two areas the AfD has made inroads.
The CDU party leader said she would solve the “problems” – and also address the “fears” – of people who voted voted for the far-right.
L’Allemagne se prépare au choc des nationalistes de l’AfD
Par Nicolas Barotte
Alternative für Deutschland pourrait disposer de 86 à 89 députés dans la prochaine Assemblée à l’issue du scrutin de dimanche. L’arrivée à la chambre des députés de la droite radicale constitue un tournant dans l’histoire allemande d’après-guerre.
How a Sleepy German Suburb Explains Europe’s Rising Far-Right Movements
By AMANDA TAUB
Buch, a small community on the outskirts of Berlin, seems at first glance to be the kind of place Goldilocks would declare “just right.” It is not too rich or too poor, not too expensive or too scruffy, not too close to the crowded city center but not so far that its tree-lined streets of tidy apartments are beyond a daily commute.
It is probably not the sort of place people picture when they think about the tide of far-right populism overwhelming Europe. But beneath the surface, this cozy, safe neighborhood is starkly different from the depressed postindustrial zones often portrayed as the populist wellspring, and is emblematic of the forces threatening to upend Western politics as we know it.
The Panic Orchestra
Timid centrist politicians allowed right-wing doomsayers to hijack this election campaign. No one spoke for cosmopolitan Germans. That needs to change. Now.
Ein Kommentar von Christian Bangel
This election is a warning. Right-wing extremists will now have seats in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament. They will be provided with government-funded staff and party financing and will have access to information from the country’s intelligence services. And there is little to suggest that the party is going to disappear from parliament any time soon.
The AfD has long-since become networked with other right-wing parties in Europe, and its leaders have learned in recent years how to poison a parliament.
Парламентские выборы в Германии: результаты
Стали известны предварительные результаты парламентских выборов в Германии 2017. На первом месте – партия Меркель. По данным экзитполов ХДС Ангелы Меркель получает 32,5% голосов. Шульц и СДПГ получили всего лишь 20 процентов голосов. А настоящей сенсацией стали результаты молодой правоконсервативной партии «Альтернатива для Германии», которая получила 13,5 % голосов, что дает партии около 86 депутатских мест в бундестаге. Четвертое место заняла партия «Свободные демократы», «Левые» получили 9 процентов. «Зеленые» получили 9,5%. Окончательные и максимально точные результаты выборов будут представлены через 2 недели после голосования.