Germany: Prominent AfD leader quits party hours after election success

27 Septembre, 2017, 00:40 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
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Despite Angela Merkel's conservative alliance of two political parties, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) came first in the country general elections with 33 percent, many experts called it a Pyrrhic victory, which is a tantamount to defeat. The trigger was the increase in global risk due to North Korea but the underlying factor was the German elections results.

With six different party blocs in Germany's parliament after Sunday's election, conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a jigsaw puzzle of unprecedented complexity to build a coalition. "The State of Israel is certain that under her leadership the special relationship between Germany and Israel will continue to deepen and prosper. We will hunt Ms. Merkel ... and we will reclaim our country and our people".

The German bishops have appealed for a verbal de-escalation of tensions, more dialogue and mutual respect now that the country's election campaign is over.

"My decision is solely due to my not very optimistic view of the AfD's development", Pretzell said.

The election result produced shockwaves, both internationally and domestically.

The result will likely ruin some of the president's ambitions for extensive euro zone reforms, according to Fredrik Erixon, director of the European Centre for International Political Economy. They do not have a right to do this.

It will mark the first time since WWII that a party with openly anti-immigration and hard-right policies has had lawmakers in German parliament.

"I decided after careful reflection that I will not sit with the (AfD) parliamentary group", Petry told a Berlin press conference before abruptly exiting the room without taking any questions, leaving her colleagues visibly baffled, the Guardian reported.

If the FDP becomes a coalition partner, it will be difficult for Merkel to realize such a move, said Darvas.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in cities throughout Germany on Sunday evening to protest the AfD's election successes.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen congratulated the party, writing on Twitter: "Bravo to our allies from AfD for this historic score!"

The most politically plausible option so far is a three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens.

The FDP and the Greens took 10.7 and 8.9 per cent of the vote, respectively.

The AfD, meanwhile, has pledged to use its new platform in parliament to, in its words, "hunt down" Merkel and reclaim the country.