Anti-AfD Protests Erupt In Berlin — German Election

27 Septembre, 2017, 00:47 | Auteur: Aubrey Nash

Germany's second-largest party, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), also had a bad night, with its share of vote falling to a postwar low.

AfD finished third with 12.6 percent of the national votes. Alexander Gauland, one of the party's top candidates, said the first order of business will be to find "a different policy" on immigration.

At least 500 protesters took to the streets outside the AfD's election party in Berlin after the results were announced, with some shouting "all Berlin hates the AfD", "Nazi pigs" and other slogans.

The Church would not completely stay out politics in future, Cardinal Marx said.

Gauland gave the public an idea of what was to come, vowing to "hound" Merkel and "get our country and our people back".

But his aides now say that the FDP and the Greens have always been pro-EU parties. With the SDP refusing to again become the junior partner, that leaves Chancellor Merkel with only one possible working majority.

Markets may conclude that the political backdrop in the eurozone remains disjointed and poses a threat to investment potential in the medium term, Rabobank strategists said in a client note.

She told supporters in Berlin: "Of course we had hoped for a slightly better result". However, the results saw the worst results for the CDU/CSU bloc in 70 years since it was formed in 1949.

"It's a difficult and bitter day for social democrats in Germany", Schulz told supporters.

He also called on those who believe in democracy to be in solidarity.

The president recalls his interactions with Chancellor Merkel over the years, especially at the G8 meeting in 2015 and during his visit to Germany in 2016, coming away with a strong impression of her commitment to building stronger ties across the world.

This coalition is dubbed "Jamaica", in reference to the black, gold, and green colors of its constituent parties. The FDP's Christian Lindner said the Social Democrats' "rash and sudden decision to stay in the opposition in parliament is irresponsible".

A coalition with the leftist Die Linke (9.2 percent and 69 seats) is out of the question and the same goes for a coalition with the rightist Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), which gained 13.3 percent of the vote and 94 seats in the Bundestag. This is a turning-point.

Emerging from her car she arranged her face into a smile first for the cameras and then for the party faithful who'd gathered at CDU headquarters. There is another factor that Germany will have to consider as well.