Merkel hangs on to power but forced to form coalition after losing support to far-right

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-25/merkel-hangs-on-to-power-but-loses-support-to-surging-far-right/8980250

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a Government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD)stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 per cent of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into Parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Ms Merkel’s conservative bloc emerged as the largest parliamentary bloc but, with just 33.2 per cent of the vote, saw its support slump to the lowest since 1949 — the first time national elections were held in post-war Germany.

Her main Social Democrat (SPD) rivals also received their worst result since the 1940s — just 20.8 per cent — after nearly half of voters repudiated the two parties that have dominated Germany since World War II.

With Parliament now fragmented, Ms Merkel appears likely to cobble together a tricky three-way coalition with a pro-business group and the Greens.

As the results came in, hundreds of anti-AfD demonstrators descended on the club where the party’s leaders were celebrating their third-place finish.

Ms Merkel said the success of the far right was a test for Germans, and that it was important to listen to the concerns of their voters and win them back.

“Of course we had hoped for a slightly better result. But we mustn’t forget that we have just completed an extraordinarily challenging legislative period, so I am happy that we reached the strategic goals of our election campaign,” Ms Merkel said.

“We are the strongest party, we have the mandate to build the next government — and there cannot be a coalition government built against us.”

The election was fought on the tense backdrop of surging support for far left and far right parties across Europe.

Germany in particular is coping with the arrival of more than 1 million refugees and other new migrants, with tension with Russia since Moscow’s incursions into Ukraine, and with doubt about Europe’s future since Britain voted to quit the EU.

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she has taken a hit..not mortal but definitely drew blood..

“Her main Social Democrat (SPD) rivals also received their worst result since the 1940s — just 20.8 per cent — after nearly half of voters repudiated the two parties that have dominated Germany since World War II.”

bang..

“Ms Merkel said the success of the far right was a test for Germans, and that it was important to listen to the concerns of their voters and win them back.”

all things to the right of centre are now evil..

401

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8 Responses to “Merkel hangs on to power but forced to form coalition after losing support to far-right”

  1. Merkel’s days as German Chancellor are probably now numbered

    https://www.rt.com/op-edge/404562-merkel-election-germany-afd-migrants/

  2. >>> The election was fought on the tense backdrop of surging support for far left and far right parties across Europe. <<<

    LEFT v RIGHT

    the right meme for the entire western civilisation
    it's the same meme for US and Australia

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