Congrats Merkel, You Drove Your Alliance To Their Worst Result Since 1949

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Sep 25 2017
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As anticipated, Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU (Christian Democratic Union-Christian Social Union) alliance won the German election on Sunday. Although she is set to be re-elected as German chancellor for a 4th term in office, the woman who was blamed for welcoming over 1-million refugees – mostly Muslims – into the country has very little to celebrate.


While Merkel’s CDU-CSU alliance received 33% of the vote, making it the largest parliamentary group, the same alliance also saw a decrease of 8.6% support since the last vote in 2013. The CDU/CSU’s former junior coalition partner, the SPD, said it would quit the “grand coalition”, after suffering its worst result since World War II – getting only 20.5% of the vote, down 5.2% from 2013’s result.


Effectively, Merkel has driven her party – CDU – to its worst result since 1949. Her CDU-CSU alliance also has not won enough to govern on their own. The biggest winner is none other than Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Gaining 12.6% of the vote (up 7.9 percentage points since the last election), AfD is now the 3rd largest party in Germany and is set to enter the national parliament for the first time.

Germany 2017 Election - Votes - Official Preliminary Results

Germany 2017 Election - Seats - Official Preliminary Results

Acknowledging AfD’s result, Angela Merkel now says she would listen to the concerns of voters, and vowed to win them back. However, it remains to be seen if it’s another of Merkel’s empty promise. More importantly, it’s unknown if the angry voters who casted their protest votes would ever listen to Merkel, let alone forgive her mistake during the migrant crisis.


Indeed, it was Merkel’s arrogance and ignorance that allows AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) to join the German parliament for the first time in 70 years. And thanks to Merkel, the anti-migrant, anti-Euro, anti-Muslim and anti-Merkel AfD is sending over 90 politicians to the German Bundestag (or German parliament).


While winning 12.6% of the vote isn’t a big deal in other countries, obviously it’s a huge victory to AfD so much so that crowds gathered in Berlin and across the country to protest the election result. One protester, 25-year-old Julius, said – “The election results are shocking. I never thought the AfD would score as high as 13%. This is a sad day for Germany especially if we look back at our history.”

Germany 2017 Election - Angela Merkel Disappointed - AfD Surges

According to exit poll, AfD did particularly well in East Germany, which includes Berlin, by attracting 21.5% of the vote. The results put the AfD on course to become the second largest party in the East, after Merkel’s own CDU party. In the West, AfD scored about 11%. Not bad for a party formed in 2013 at the height of Europe’s debt crisis as an anti-European Union and anti-Euro party.


There’s little doubt that AfD managed to do so well largely due to Merkel’s refugees policy. The party’s election manifesto reads – “Islam does not belong to Germany” and “Germany’s Muslims are a big danger for our state, our society and our system of values.” Despite such controversial headlines, millions of Germans saw it fit to reward the party by sending the largest AfD representatives to Bundestag.


While Angela Merkel supporters tried to associate AfD with Nazism, apparently Germans who got sick and tired of unproductive Muslim refugees and terror attacks had second thought. It was this group of Germans who believed that criticism of Islam as a religion is not racist who had swung from Merkel’s CDU-CSU to AfD. They wanted to teach Merkel a lesson.

Frauke Petry - leader of Alternative for Germany - AfD

The fact that Euro currency fell 0.6 against the US dollar after exit poll shows it’s a disastrous that Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister-party CSU won only 33% of the vote, down from 41.5% in the previous election. It also goes to prove that the financial markets are concerned about Angela Merkel’s weakened support.


Moving forward, Merkel’s CDU-CSU alliance could invite pro-business FDP party (4th place with 10.7% of the votes) and the Greens party to form a so-called Jamaica coalition – Germany’s first four-party government in decades. A so-called “Jamaica coalition” is so named due to the colours of the political parties involved.


Merkel’s less than spectacular victory, however, was largely expected. An election in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania last year saw the AfD party took a surprisingly 21.9% of the votes, behind the SPD party which won around 30.5%. Merkel’s own CDU party came third with about 19% of the votes – its worst ever result in the state.

Irresistible - Angela Merkel Taking Selfie With Refugees

Subsequently, her party CDU won only 17.6% of the vote in Berlin state elections, down 6% from the previous 2011 election – its “worst-ever result” – since the end of World War II. It took two consecutive embarrassing defeats (one in her home turf) for the chancellor to understand that the Germans have had enough of her “Wir schaffen es” (we can do it) bullshit.


Prior to the two election defeats, Angela Merkel was extremely arrogant. In July 2016 alone, Germany was hit with 5 violent attacks which saw 10 people killed and dozens more injured in separate gun, bomb, axe, machete attacks. Despite the attacks in Ansbach, Wurzburg and Munich, Merkel had remained cocky and insisted Germany would not turn its back on people fleeing the Middle East.


That was after Merkel happily welcomed 1.2 million Muslim refugees into Germany in 2015, only to be repaid with mass sexual assaults / rapes by 1,000 Muslim migrants/refugees in Cologne, Germany, during 2016 New Year’s Eve. Under her administration, the police and Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker were under instruction to cover-up the “Rapefugees” crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sad - Shown Wearing Hijab on German TV

Merkel then set aside at least €90 million (US$95.7 million; £76.7 million; RM425 million) of taxpayers money to pay for her own mistakes. She was reduced to offer free cash to migrants or refugees willing to leave Germany. There was also a jaw-dropping report that the nation has been importing junks instead of talents – a whopping 1.1-million unemployable migrants.


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