Published: Mer, Septembre 27, 2017
Économie | By Estienne Trouve

Germany: Prominent AfD leader quits party hours after election success

Germany: Prominent AfD leader quits party hours after election success

Since the Social Democratic Party (SPD) had its worst showing ever, only receiving 20.5% of the vote, and has promised to lead the opposition; and third place (12.6%) was captured by Alternative For Germany (AfD), a party that Merkel has promised not to join a coalition with; there really aren't many options for the formation of coalition. Merkel will be in a more difficult position to negotiate after the leadership of Germany's second largest party refused to form a coalition government with her again.

According to The Guardian, the far-right, anti-immigration AfD made a historic breakthrough, winning 13.5% of the vote and a projected 87 seats and becoming the first overtly nationalist party to sit in the Bundestag in 60 years.

Reuters provides a bit more: "Germany's Green party said on Monday one of its main conditions for participating in any future coalition government will be ensuring that Europe's biggest economy fulfills its obligations as part of the Paris climate accord".

The leader of the Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, said his party had no choice but to go into opposition after the drop in votes. "It was a tough campaign".

The FDP, one of the Christian Democrats' potential coalition partners, managed to win 10.7 percent. German historian Dr. Jochen Staadt explained the people's choice to Sputnik.

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Talks between the parties, which will also include the CDU's Bavarian sister party the CSU, could potentially last until after Christmas and risk triggering fresh elections if they collapse.

Ms Petry, who has long been locked in a dispute with more hardline AfD colleagues, won a seat in yesterday's election and still plans to serve as an MP.

"The German media and policy have started complaining about the rising far-right". The East has been reported to have felt the effects of uneven development where it has not caught up with Western Germany after reunification.

The AfD's success during the recent election has shocked people throughout Germany and Europe.

Fellow AfD members appeared relatively unconcerned by the news as they gathered in Berlin.

The chancellor said in Berlin: "It is important that Germany gets a good, stable government".

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