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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:55 pm    Post subject: Angela Merkel suffers setback in German state elections Reply with quote

( the media is now labeling the anti immigrant party that made gains as a " far right " german political party , were suppose to all get very scared but with Germany's proportional electoral system they won't likely hold much power but will have seats . maybe the mistake here was letting in 1 million migrants with no plan as to what they were going to do once in Germany )


Angela Merkel's CDU suffers German state election setbacks


German chancellor Angela Merkel waves after delivering a speech at the last electoral meeting on March 12, 2016 in Haigerloch, south-western GermanyImage copyright AFP
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The vote could have wider consequences for Chancellor Merkel

The party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered defeats in two of three states holding regional elections, exit polls suggest.

They indicate the Christian Democrats lost support in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland Palatinate, but remain the largest party in Saxony-Anhalt.

The anti-migrant AfD achieved gains in all three states, exit polls indicate.

The elections were seen as a test of support for Chancellor Merkel's policy of accommodating refugees.

More than a million migrants and refugees entered Germany in 2015.




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In the western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, a former stronghold of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), support for the party reached a historic low of about 27%, the exit polls suggest.

They say the Green-led coalition currently in power won the election.

In Saxony-Anhalt, a poor, eastern state where the CDU and the Social Democrats govern together, that coalition looks set to remain in office but the exit polls say Alternative Fuer Deutschland (AdF) won about 22% of the vote.

The Social Democrats are set maintain their hold on Rhineland-Palatinate, a state the CDU had hoped to capture.


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Already represented in five of Germany's 16 regional parliaments, the AfD has campaigned on slogans such as "Secure the borders" and "Stop the asylum chaos".

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday that gains for the AfD would not change his government's stance on immigration.

He said: "There is a clear position that we stand by: humanity and solidarity. We will not change our position now.

But in Berlin on Saturday, about 2,000 right-wing demonstrators carrying German flags chanted "Merkel must go!" and "We are the people!".





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Nils Schmid (L), top SPD candidate for state elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg, and Winfried Kretschmann, top candidate of the Greens and current state premier in campaign event in Karlsruhe - 9 MarchImage copyright Getty Images
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A Green-SPD coalition is expected to stay in power in Badem-Wuerttemberg


Right-wing activists gather to march in the city centre and protest against German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 12, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.Image copyright Getty Images
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Right-wing activists protested against government policies in Berlin on Saturday

The poor results could put additional pressure on Mrs Merkel, just as she is trying to push through an EU deal with Turkey to reduce the numbers of migrants and refugees entering western Europe.

As Europe's largest economy, Germany has a leading role in policy-making for the European Union.

At a summit earlier this week, the chancellor promoted a last-minute draft of the deal and demanded the support of other European leaders.

Ms Merkel still needs to complete that deal at another summit at the end of this week. If her party performs poorly on Sunday, she will go into that meeting weakened.

The meetings and demonstrations came as thousands of migrants have massed in muddy camps in the Greek border town of Idomeni after countries across the Balkans closed their borders.


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( another setback for merkel in german state elections )


Angela Merkel's party beaten by rightwing populists in German elections


Alternative für Deutschland on projected 21.8% with chancellor’s CDU on 19% in German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


Leif-Erik Holm and Alexander Gauland of AfD react after exit polls in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Leif-Erik Holm and Alexander Gauland of AfD react after exit polls in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Reuters


Philip Oltermann in Berlin

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Monday 5 September 2016 07.34 BST




Angela Merkel has suffered a sobering defeat in regional elections in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).

Projections late on Sunday night saw the centre-left SPD on 30.5%, the anti-immigration AfD on 20.9%, and the chancellor’s centre-right CDU suffering its all-time lowest result in the eastern state, on 19%. Earlier this year, the CDU had looked like the party most likely to be tasked with forming the next government in the state.




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For the past 10 years, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has been governed in a “grand coalition” between the SPD and CDU, mirroring the current power structure at federal level. But an increasingly divisive debate over the consequences of the German government’s strategy during the refugee crisis has spurred support for AfD – fronted in the state by Leif-Erik Holm, a radio presenter based in Berlin’s multicultural Prenzlauer Berg district – even though the state has been largely insulated from the refugee crisis.

Though the result will not have a direct impact on the workings of the German government, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern only has a population of 1.6 million, it has a symbolic value, with regional elections in Berlin on 18 September and a general election coming up next year. Merkel, in power since 2005, has yet to confirm whether she will run for a fourth term in 2017.

While the Social Democrats emerged as the largest party on the night and the results for the Christian Democrats were particularly humiliating, leftwing parties in the state also suffered considerable losses. The Left party was projected to have won 13.2%, down from 18.4% five years ago, while the pro-environment Greens seemed set to win 4.9%, down from 8.7%. The far-right National Democratic party (NPD), which has been represented in the state parliament for the last 10 years, fell beneath the 5% threshold for the first time in a decade, on 3.1%.


AfD, by contrast, continued a remarkable streak of electoral victories at regional level. Three years after being founded on an anti-euro ticket in 2013, it is now represented in nine state parliaments. Its co-leader, Frauke Petry, described Sunday’s result as a blow to Angela Merkel. “Now it is our responsibility to make politics for the people. The people no longer trust the old establishment parties to do so,” Petry said.

On Sunday night, CDU candidate Lorenz Caffier said: “There was only one subject during the campaign, and that subject was the refugee policy. The refugee question was decisive.” The conservative politician ruled out a resignation and said he hoped his party would be able to continue to form the state’s coalition government.

Peter Tauber, the CDU’s general secretary, described the outcome as “a bitter result, a new experience”. “We are all responsible for this,” Tauber said. “It was noticeable that the refugee subject was very present. Of course many people are looking at Angela Merkel.”



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The state election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern comes a year to the day after Merkel’s government accepted thousands of refugees stranded at Budapest train station – the consequences of which have been analysed across the German media in the past fortnight.

In May, a pig’s head carrying an insulting message was left outside Merkel’s constituency office in the Baltic Sea town of Stralsund, where she has won a direct mandate since 1990.

AfD candidate Holm spoke of a proud result for a young party. “The icing on the cake is that we have left Merkel’s CDU behind us,” he said. “Maybe that is the beginning of the end of ­Merkel’s time as chancellor.”



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Gero Neugebauer, a political scientist at Berlin’s Free University, sounded a similar warning for Merkel. “People will see this as the start of the ‘Kanzlerdämmerung’ [twilight of the chancellor],” he said. “If a lot of CDU members start seeing this defeat as Merkel’s fault, and members of parliament start seeing her as a danger for the party and their own jobs, the whole situation could escalate out of control.”


The northernmost of the five former East German states that joined with the West German federal republic in 1990, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has in the past been troubled by industrial decline and a dwindling population but last year registered the lowest unemployment rate and highest GDP since reunification.

An electoral map of Sunday’s election shows a state split between an SPD-voting west, where incomes are higher due to its proximity to affluent Hamburg, and the east, where many electoral districts went to the AfD.

In part due to its economic weakness and low population density, the region was assigned fewer refugees than all but two of Germany’s 16 other Länder; 23,080 asylum seekers were registered in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2015, roughly a quarter of those assigned to similarly sized Hesse. Only 3.7% of the state’s population is of non-German background, one of the lowest rates in the country.

In the past year, the state has registered no high-profile criminal incidents, such as terrorist attacks or rape, carried out by asylum seekers, and a decline in theft and violent crime. Police in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern recorded seven incidents of attempted arson at refugee shelters in 2015.

A shooting rampage in Munich and two attacks with an Islamist motive in regional towns in Bavaria in July have fostered a national debate about internal security. Caffier was one of the politicians behind a call for a ban on the full face veil in Germany last month.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/04/mecklenburg-vorpommern-german-anti-immigrant-party-strong-regional-election-exit-polls-merkel
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