Germany's Far-Right Party Set To Enter Parliament For The First Time

Pauline Gross
September 20, 2017

Given her steady hand, that should be seen as a good thing, for Germany, Europe, the USA and the world.

AfD's policies were condemned by some parties, NGOs and other institutions.

The weekly survey, conducted by Forsa for RTL television and "Stern" magazine, showed support for Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc down one percentage point at 36 per cent while the SPD was unchanged on 23 per cent. The only thing as lackluster and non-issue-oriented as the pictures of the men these parties are backing was the single televised "debate" between the two leaders of those parties, the CDU's Angela Merkel and the SPD's Martin Schulz.

The enthusiasm for Schulz has long since disappeared and Merkel appears to be headed for a fourth term, albeit with possibly a different partner than the SPD.

The SPD, now junior partners in Merkel's coalition government, scored 22 percent - down 1.5 points on the previous week.

After decades on the political fringe, Germany's far-right is set to enter parliament and could even be the main opposition party following the country's election this Sunday. The FDP failed to clear that hurdle in 2013 in a humiliating defeat for a party that enjoyed 64 straight years in the Bundestag and was part of 17 government cabinets. That won't change, he said.

After initially butting heads with leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his first formative months in power in 2015, Merkel, the dour chancellor known as "Mutti" (mummy) has built a rapport of sorts with the young ex-student rebel.

After tension arose between Turkey and some EU states following last year's defeated coup attempt, some German politicians publicly proposed halting accession talks amid a non-binding vote by the European Parliament on shelving discussions. She has outlasted every other western and democratically-elected European leader, and is considered the most influential voice in the EU.

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She personally reached out to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to craft the pact, and stood out among European leaders by offering to take in thousands of refugees. He also said that the European Union should not require non-eurozone countries in Central and Eastern Europe to join the currency area.

"We'd welcome China to help constructively solve other global challenges".

"We condemn the permission given for the organisation of an activity by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) terror group's extensions in Germany and their spreading terror propaganda there today in Cologne", the ministry said in the statement.

Relations between the world's first and third biggest export nations have been moving in a generally constructive direction as a bulwark against protectionism, analysts said.

What are the possible coalitions outcomes from the German election? "The key parties have not played any "China card" and there aren't any protectionist tendencies". The lone major debate between Merkel and Schulz was a conspicuously polite and tame affair. "We don't vote for individuals in Germany, but personalities define the party nonetheless".

Both support free trade.

He said both China and Germany quickly recognised that Trump was scoring one own-goal after another with his isolationist "America First" agenda, creating openings for China and Germany.

"I think it's important for voters to be able to identify the party with a person", Diana Flemmig, a 28-year-old delegate from Brandenburg, said at the party conference in April. Next week's election is attracting much worldwide attention because Germany's role in ensuring the survival of the European Union is vital, while some also are looking at its rise to dominance with some trepidation, because of the country's past.Merkel has successfully steered Germany's economy out of the 2008 crisis, while many other Eurozone countries have struggled. "Merkel would probably only gradually increase that pressure while Schulz might be a bit of a tougher player for opening the Chinese market".

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