After weeks of lackluster debates and kind compliments on all sides, the German elections are finally heating up it seems. We have provided you with reports on both the debate between the smaller parties and the two main protagonists of the election, Mrs. Merkel of the CDU / CSU and Mr. Schulz of the Social Democrats. The discussions remained friendly, complacent, even dull at times.
You can find the article on the debate between Merkel and Schulz here:
Voters were almost sleepwalking towards the election in Europe’s biggest economy.
Two weeks to go or so. And then this morning the big words came out.
The Foreign minister of Germany, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel of the Social Democrats has, in a very rare and un-German statement, compared the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party with the Nazis.
During an interview with internet provider t-online.de, Mr. Gabriel stated that he acknowledged that the 24 September parliamentary elections were about migration and security, but that voting for the AfD would be wrong.
“If we’re unlucky, then these people will send a signal of dissatisfaction that will have terrible consequences. Then we will have real Nazis in the German Reichstag for the first time since the end of World War Two.”
“We must change course and not only reimburse the cost of taking in migrants, but also give local communities the same amount on top so they can do more for their citizens,”
The AfD (Alternative for Germany) party has been growing in the polls since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders and thus welcome well over a million migrants and refugees, mostly from the Middle East and of Muslim origin.
In state legislatures, the AfD already has 13 of 16 seats, but now for the first time, it is likely that they will enter the national parliament as well. The latest polls show that their support is hovering around 8 to 11 percent, which is well above the required threshold of 5 percent.
If Germans are like the rest of the European voting public, there is also a fear amongst respondents of polls to admit that they will vote for the AfD, making it likely that they will certainly score 10 percent.