The results are in. Angela Merkel will go into her 4th term as German chancellor, even though her party lost almost 10% and finishes short of an absolute majority. No big surprises here. Most of us expected the outcome, still, the election result is shocking. For the first time after World War II, a right-wing party will take a seat in the German parliament.
Watching from afar, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the results. My European heart shed tears, my European soul cried out in pain.
The AfD (Alternative for Germany -what a joke the name is) won over 13% of the votes, becoming the first overtly right-wing party to win seats in the country’s federal parliament in over half a century.
The good news is, neither one of the big parties consider working with them and I hope they stick with it. The bad news is, this will change German’s democracy for good -just the same way Brexit will change the democracy in the UK; just the same way Trump will change our democracy here in the U.S.
There were other surprises. Sunday’s biggest winner is the business-friendly free democratic party with around 10% of the votes, as well as the Left party with 9% and the Green Party with 9,5%. The big losers are Merkle’s party CSU/CDU Christian democratic political alliance with 38 % (down 8.7%) and the social democratic party with 20.8 % (down 4.9%.)
The trend, as seen in Great Britain and here in the U.S. continues. Voters seem to be fed up with the same old politics and show their disapproval by voting for smaller parties and that I can understand.
In the end, the voters in Germany will get what they want. Angela Merkel has to form a coalition with smaller parties now. If you ask me, that’s the true alternative, the smaller parties will have a say in all future decisions. Any coalition comes with a price -nothing is free, for sure not in politics.
As for the AfD, racism is never an alternative. Germany what have you done? Have you not learned from your own history?