After far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 13% of the votes in the general election and will return to the Bundestag for the first time in almost 50 years, protests broke out across Germany.
Protests in Berlin Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
As Germany’s general election is coming to an end and extreme right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) will most likely be the third largest party, massive demonstrations are taking place in Berlin and other cities.
This is the largest achievement for the party, which will be returning to Germany’s parliament after almost 50 years. Chants such as “Nazis out” and “Refugees welcome” are being called throughout the country. Voter turnout was 77%, a 5.5% increase from the 2013 general election.
Angela Merkel will continue as Germany’s Chancellor Photo Credit: Sky News/ Channel 2 News
“Of course we hoped for a better result,” Merkel stated during her victory speech. “But we mustn’t forget that we just completed a challenging legislation period so I’m glad that we’ve achieved the strategic goals of our election campaign.”
According to Merkel, there are 2 options for a coalition: “We will sleep on it and then hold talks. I intend to construct a stable government for Germany.” SPD leader Martin Schultz, Merkel’s main rival, stated that he will not sit in a coalition with the German Chancellor.