The Christian Social Union (CSU) was one of many old German parties to suffer at the hands of the AfD in the election. But Merkel’s Bavarian sister party has another problem — an upcoming state election at home. DW reports,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated her intention to hold coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), despite leader Martin Schulz saying the party would not enter the government and instead go into opposition.
Chancellor Merkel’s CDU remains the largest political force in Germany, but suffered a record loss in today’s elections. Her socialist coalition partner lost support as well, while the AfD (12.6 percent) became the third-largest force in the Bundestag.
The AfD has unsettled the moderate politics of postwar Germany with its anti-immigrant rhetoric, unabashed nationalism, and winking gestures embracing the country’s Nazi past.
A poll published by public broadcaster ZDF on Friday shows that both of the major parties are likely to suffer major losses, while the small right-wing parties are on the rise.
Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria’s rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz’s main square — seemingly with good reason.
A week before elections, the Free Democrats look set to return to parliament – where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbors.
With SPD support down, the far-right AfD is almost certain to enter parliament in the upcoming German election.
Leif-Erik Holm of the AfD party cultivates a radio DJ’s smooth, soothing voice, sports fashionable chin stubble and crisp dress shirts, and has one goal this month: ousting Angela Merkel.
Firmly on course for re-election, Chancellor Angela Merkel spurned her rival’s request for a re-run of a television debate in which he failed to dent her opinion poll lead.