Protests formed in several German cities against the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) which became the first nationalist party to win dozens of seats in parliament since the Second World War.
Alternative for Germany co-chair Frauke Petry has said she’ll leave the party – without specifying when. On Monday she announced she would not sit with the party’s parliamentary group in the Bundestag.
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.
The German parliament’s expert legal advisory service has said that the legal basis for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow a group of refugees to travel into Germany in September 2015 is yet to be clarified.
The German parliament’s upper house sharpened traffic-related punishments, including a prohibition on face coverings while driving. It’s being seen as a ban on burqas and niqabs — and one Muslim organization isn’t happy.
As Austrians grow more openly hostile towards Muslims, major political parties are deliberately brandishing Islamophobia in the Catholic majority country ahead of next month’s parliamentary election. The Local reports.
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.
The 73-year-old politician was seen for the first time in public with his new partner, South Korean businesswoman Kim So-yeon. Schröder’s ex-wife has claimed he transferred the rights to his book royalties to Kim.