https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/24/german- ... quake.htmlThe German parliament will see changes in tone and legislative issues as the Christian Democratic Union faces tough coalition choices after a far-right party won a surprisingly large percentage of the overall vote, according to George Pazderski, leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party's Berlin unit.
"I think it's a political earthquake for Germany. For the first time after 70 years, a new conservative-liberal policy will join the German parliament right beside the Christian Democrats and this is something very special," Pazderski told CNBC in an interview.
"This means that there will be a change in German policy, there will be a change also in the work, or as far as the work in the German Bundestag (or German parliament) is concerned."
The AfD stunned the establishment by finishing third and entering parliament for the first time, with 13.5 percent of the vote. Under Germany's mixed-member proportional voting system, that vaults in well beyond the 5 percent threshold needed for seats in parliament.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU and Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), won 32.5 percent of the vote, making them by far the largest parliamentary group, according to an exit poll for the broadcaster ARD, but that is down from 41.5 percent in the last election in 2013 and lower than recent polling. Their closest rivals, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), slumped to 20.0 percent, a new post-war low.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/ ... l-electionThe AfD came in third Sunday, with early results showing it received more than 13 percent of the vote. The xenophobic party ran on an anti-immigrant platform with an emphasis on closing Germany's borders to migrants. It had been fiercely opposed to Merkel's recent welcoming of large numbers of refugees.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/25/europe/ge ... index.htmlAs the AfD divisions burst into the open, Merkel acknowledged her party had failed to do enough to prevent the drift to the far right. She vowed "to focus on those who went to the AfD."
Voters punished Merkel for her decision in 2015 to allow more than a million refugees into the country at the height of the European migrant crisis. Merkel said that the particular circumstances of the migrant crisis were unlikely to be repeated.
Preliminary results showed Merkel's CDU/CSU group would still be the largest bloc in the Bundestag, but with its lead cut to 33.5%, down from 41.5% in 2013 -- the party's worst result since 1949.
Good on Germans they punished that cunt for allowing mass invasion into their nation!