BERLIN, March 21, 2016 – Germany recently held its “Super Sunday,” where Germans went to the polls in several regional elections. The vote was a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party (CDU).
Germany’s right wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, made significant gains, while the CDU incurred significant loses.
The AfD is a right-wing populist and Eurosceptic political party founded in 2013, and is gaining traction among Germany’s voters.
In Saxony-Anhalt, the AfD secured almost 25% of the vote, putting them in second place ahead of the left wing Social Democrats (SPD) and the extreme left wing party literally called “The Left” (Die Linke).
This is an extraordinary feat for a party that last fall was polling only in low single digits.
Like Donald Trump in the United States, the popularity of AfD reflects public dissatisfaction with the existing political elite. The AfD is doing a great favor to Germany by breaking the straitjacket of political correctness being pushed by the establishment. And Germany has real problems.
Moreover, the AfD seems to be the only party willing to openly address the problems in Germany. For example, the migrant crisis is at a choking point, and Merkel is to blame for a lot of that problem.
Trump has even gone so far as to say, “You know, what Merkel has done is incredible, it’s actually mind-boggling. Everyone thought she was a really great leader and now she’s turned out to be this catastrophic leader.”
If it weren’t for the AfD, no one in the German establishment would be talking about this, and Germans would be reduced to hearing their problems discussed only in the U.S. media.
The media in Germany is biased and is under the control of the elites. A typical story about the AfD or British UKIP will include the catch phrase of “extreme right wing” whenever these parties are mentioned.
Rather than lash out at the slanted media, the AfD has handled the situation well. AfD representatives ignore the insults, continue to state their case, remain polite, give interviews, and generally get on with trying to improve Germany and stop the reckless behavior of the current leadership provided by the establishment SPD/CDU government.
They also have an amazing leader in Frauke Petry.
This photogenic mother of four and chemist is not the typical politician. She ran her own business before she went into politics three years ago. She gained her doctorate in chemistry at Goettingen University and later founded a company in Leipzig that manufactures environmentally friendly polyurethanes, all while raising four kids.
It takes a great deal of courage and altruism to throw yourself into the fray when you see that your country is on the wrong track. Not only has Petry risen to the occasion, she has also guided the AfD through some tough infighting so that there would be at least one political party in Germany speaking out about the problems associated with mass migration and the out-of-control, undemocratic nature of the European Union.
The German people are angry. The AfD hears them.