Anti-Immigrant AfD Now The Second Most Popular Party In Germany

In a historic first, a poll published on Monday by German newspaper Bild put the anti-immigrant, Alternative for Germany (AfD) party at 16%, showing that they are currently the second most popular political organization in Germany and more popular than Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), Merkel's "Grand Coalition" allies. The poll, conducted by INSA put the AfD on 16%, just ahead of the SPD on 15.5%.

The poll marks the lowest support ever achieved by the SPD, traditionally one of the two major parties of German politics.

According to the poll Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are the most popular party in the country and would secure 32 percent of the vote were elections to be held tomorrow.

Environmentalists can take heart from the poll too, as it confirms a trend of blooming support for the Green party. The Greens won 8.9 percent of the vote in September’s election but are now polling at 13 percent.

The popularity of the right-wing AfD has been creeping up in recent weeks, with polls consistently putting them on 14% or above.

They entered the Bundestag for the first time in September after winning 12.6% of the vote. The party was set up in 2013 and fought the election of that year on an anti-Euro platform, but failed to make it over the five percent hurdle needed to make it into parliament. Last year they ran a campaign fiercely critical of the government's refugee policy, which had led to over a million people applying for asylum in Germany since 2015.

According to The Local, the leadership of the AfD rejects the label of "far-right", preferring to describe themselves as conservative. However, they remain highly controversial due to various statements by senior party members which have challenged a political consensus concerning how Germany treats its Nazi past.


AfD federal chairman Jörg Meuthen

Björn Höcke, the AfD leader in Thuringia, has lambasted Germany's culture of remembrance of the Holocaust, labeling the Holocaust Memorial in central Berlin a “memorial of shame.”

Party leader Alexander Gauland, meanwhile, said during election campaigning last year that Germany should be proud of the service of its soldiers in two world wars.

On the other hand the popularity of the SPD has plummeted as they look set to join a third grand coalition with Merkel as a junior partner. Germany‘s oldest party - around the late 19th century - scored their worst post-war result in 2017 at 20.5% and have only seen their support crumble since then.

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Killdo HopefulCynical Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:35 Permalink

That Holocaust memorial is turning into a nice metaphor:

last time I was in Berlin a couple of years ago - it was already full of cracks - all the cubes made of concrete were cracking all over the place. 

I once peed on that monument ((((unintentionally))))- I went shopping at Hugo Boss nearby and was dying to pee - I saw those concrete cubes and hid there. Only later I saw a policemen and cameras and figured out what it was - it's an ugly monument

 

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Mementoil pc_babe Tue, 02/20/2018 - 01:31 Permalink

Everybody in the media keeps smearing the AfD as "Nazis", and that is the main reason I'm assuming it is not true. I'm very happy for the German people for finally awakening to the threat of mass immigration and rejecting the Socialist agenda. It is clear that they have embraced this folly out of collective guilt for the Holocaust, but erasing your own culture with mass immigration is not the proper answer.

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Mementoil Fuelling Chaos Tue, 02/20/2018 - 01:44 Permalink

Immigrants are flocking to Germany in order to enjoy the lavish benefits which the German government bestows upon them: free housing, free healthcare, free education, you name it. In a truly capitalist system there are no benefits, and therefore there would be no reason for immigrants to come (unless they intend to work hard and succeed on their own, and those kind of people are rare).

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richCat Mementoil Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:54 Permalink

Free housing and the other perks for immigrants is now much much harder as Merkels push-over with the electorate has evaporated. Those who associate the NS past with the AfD party are wholly wrong; there is no connection as the current generations want nothing of the past that haunted the country. If those who run the AfD keep level headed with balanced ideas they could rout Merkel. As for the SPD, at the moment they are completely disorganised, forget them.

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css1971 Dirtnapper Tue, 02/20/2018 - 04:02 Permalink

Germany has used cheap immigrant labour to suppress local wages and improve productivity for decades, they brought in around 2 million Turks beginning in 1961.

It's pretty standard class warfare.

Britain's Labour (socialist) party  cottoned on to it and began to copy in in 1996 after abandoning it's socialist principles and becoming fascist (progressive) instead.

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Killdo Mementoil Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

psychopaths (and psychopathic 'cultures') love to make you feel sorry for them (while they rape you behind your back in hidden ways all the while pretending they are your friends). 

Read about that strategy here - the first book about psychopaths I have ever read - the author interviews a bunch of psychos - and one Latin American - or African war criminal explains to him why he likes when people feel sorry for him

https://www.amazon.com/Psychopath-Test-Journey-Through-Industry/dp/1594…

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NumbersUsa GoldenDonuts Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:31 Permalink

And your obviously are a jew supremacist teat sucker.

Ernst Zundel excelled in exposing the holohoax extortion racket and the FACT that the jew supremacists only exist by living the  big LIE.

Ernst Zundel is a TOWER of a man that defied you destroyers until the end, unbowed & proud of his German Heritage.

Your jew squealing old & worn out racist charge is dust in the wind- your time has passed.

You are of your father the devil and his deeds you still perform.

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NumbersUsa GoldenDonuts Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:35 Permalink

And your obviously are a jew supremacist teat sucker.

Ernst Zundel excelled in exposing the holohoax extortion racket and the FACT that the jew supremacists only exist by living the  big LIE.

Ernst Zundel is a TOWER of a man that defied you destroyers until the end, unbowed & proud of his German Heritage.

You are of your father the devil and his deeds you still perform.

Your jew squealing old & worn out racist charge is dust in the wind- your time has passed.

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