It was a big day for Germany as election day rolled around. Many expected that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would secure a fourth election, but the bigger question was how the other results would come in. Would the populist uprising that is taking place throughout the world gain more momentum with the results?
Chancellor Merkel ultimately secured her fourth term, but the damage was done to her coalition as the right wing had its biggest surge in decades. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) holds 13 percent of the seats in Parliament and has already promised to complicate life for the Chancellor. Former National Front leader Marine Le Pen of France called to congratulate AfD leaders after their strong showing.
The Social Democratic Party of Germany announced after the enormous gains by the AfD they will no longer govern in a “grand coalition” with Chancellor Merkel, citing the huge losses by their party. The future is grim for Merkel, a globalist who has seen her best days. Despite securing a fourth term, it was her worst election result to date and the presence of the Alternative for Germany complicates matters more. Despite this, she claimed she would listen to their “concerns, worries and anxieties.”
Any serious agreement between Chancellor Merkel and AfD regarding the right’s biggest concerns is however unlikely. Merkel has been one of the most stringent and unwaivering defenders of globalism throughout her entire tenure as German chancellor, and teaching this old dog new tricks will be a tall order.
The election result is widely seen as a direct result of Germany opening the door to undocumented refugees. Immigration was an enormous issue for AfD voters who raised concerns about safety regarding foreigners who weren’t vetted entering the country. The refugee and migrant count has already exceeded 900,000.