“We will chase Mrs. Merkel, and we will take our country and our people back!”, this is how Alexander Gauland comments the AfD’s triumphant result in today’s German Bundestag elections.
The young immigration and Islam critical party, that was only founded in 2013, came in third with 13% in the western German states, second even, with 21%, in the former East German states and in east Berlin.
The absolute number of seats in the coming Bundstag (source: F.A.Z.). Red triangles indicate losses, green triangles indicate gains, compared to 2013’s elections.
Results in percentage. The paler bars are the 2013 Bundestag election results for comparison (source: F.A.Z.):
The losers are Germany’s traditionally largest parties, who have been ruling since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany: SPD (Social Democrats) and Union (CDU+CSU).
The slight gain for both the Greens and Die Linke (the former East German dictatorial party) is surprising. Observers were expecting to see at least the Greens drop below 5%, now that the devastating financial and security problems caused by the migrant crisis are becoming impossible to ignore. But apparently, the radical left will not be convinced by facts.
With today being the Union’s worst result in their history ever, widely attributed to Merkel’s refugee policies, observers do not think that Merkel will be able to politically survive the next four years. The CDU, and particularly the CSU, will in all likelihood try to get rid of her, to prevent an even worse result in 2021.
The CSU, whose results contribute a significant part of the Union’s overall 32%, dropped from 49% (2013) to 38.5% in Bavaria, and have already announced a sharp turn to the right:
“We had an open flank on the right. It will be crucial to close this flank in the next weeks” comments CSU chief Horst Seehofer.
These will be interesting four years for Germany. It seems safe to say at this point that the country will take a turn to the right. Just like in the USA, the left will probably not accept democratic results and resort to civil unrest.
It appears that protesters in Berlin are already initiating violence in a clash outside at the AfD election party.
20 minutes ago at 9:45 local time, leftist protesters in Leipzig tried to storm the town hall of Leipzig, where votes are still being counted, and where the AfD is holding their election party.
update: protests in Frankfurt, too