Right-Wing Alternative for Germany Party on the rise in Germany

Frauke Petry, the ambitious leader of the nationalist Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), is snapping at Angela Merkel’s heels. Her youthful looks have helped her stand out among German politicians, as has her talk of shooting refugees trying to enter the country illegally.

 German voters inflicted painful defeats on the chancellor’s Christian Democrats (CDU) party.  Sunday’s elections in three of Germany’s sixteen states reveal that support for Merkel is beginning to decline in a significant way. With anger growing in Germany over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policy, the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) captured seats in the regional parliaments of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.


The AfD’s strong showing reflects deep dissatisfaction in many parts of Germany with the political establishment. The right-wing AfD party might even capture seats in the lower house of parliament in elections in 2017. This was unthinkable just a year ago. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, known for being a straight-talker, simply described AfD as a “shame for Germany”. “Until now, right-wing populist or extreme-right parties are considered taboo, considered like aliens in the political sphere,” said German political analyst Wolfgang Merkel in a interview with Tagesspiegel daily.

Sunday’s vote puts the German Chancellor and other European leaders at the mercy of Turkish President Erdoğan.  Merkel has been courting Erdoğan for months hoping that Turkey will take most of the refugees still hoping to make their way into Central and Western Europe.  Erdoğan will press European leaders to accelerate Turkey’s path into becoming a member of the European Union; he will also seeks billions in financial aid and softer visa requirements for Turks desiring to visit Europe. Sunday’s vote was a clear warning from many in Germany that Germans are losing patience with chancellor’s deliberate approach to the refugee fiasco.

 The intelligence service website Stratfor.com makes these important observations:

The weak support shown for Germany’s traditional parties on March 13 will only further hurt Germany’s leadership in the European Union as well. Countries along the Balkan migration route have ignored Merkel’s request to keep their borders open and to let migrants pass through their territories, and some EU members are challenging the Germany-sponsored agreement with Turkey. Meanwhile, countries such as Hungary oppose a plan to redistribute migrants across the European Union; Austria and France have expressed concern about lifting visa restrictions for Turkish citizens visiting Europe; and Cyprus is uncomfortable with resuming Ankara’s EU accession talks. Turkey, for its part, has said it will not take back asylum seekers who are currently in Greece and that readmission agreements will only be applied to new migrants.

Europe’s migration crisis began as the Continent was still struggling to recover from its financial crisis. But though the financial crisis transformed Germany into the most influential country in Europe, the refugee issue is weakening it. Germany’s continued leadership of the European Union and Merkel’s leadership of Germany are at stake. And as Europe’s strongest leader falters, so will the entire European project.

We watch the German political scene because Bible prophecy reveals that at the end of the age a strong, charismatic and powerful man will come on the scene and head the German-led “beast” power (Revelation 13:1-8; 17:12-13).  The political climate in Germany is changing; keep watching Germany!

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