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Merkel’s Party Suffers Defeat Amid Anti-Migrant Backlash

Anti-migrant backlash rising in Germany

by Jamie White, Infowars:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) party fell to third place in a state election on Sunday behind the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

In a sobering defeat for Merkel in her home district of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a year ahead of federal elections, the rising AfD party won 21.4 percent of the vote in their first election by campaigning fiercely against Merkel’s floundering refugee policy.

“This isn’t pretty for us,” said Michael Grosse-Groehmer, a top deputy to Merkel in Berlin’s parliament. “Those who voted for the AfD were sending a message of protest.”

The election took place precisely a year after Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to over a million refugees, and consequently at a time where public dissatisfaction of her policies are at an all-time high.

“This is a slap in the face for Merkel – not only in Berlin but also in her home state,” said Frauke Petry, co-leader of the AfD. “The voters made a clear statement against Merkel’s disastrous immigration policies. This put her in her place.”

“Now it is our responsibility to make politics for the people. The people no longer trust the old establishment parties to do so,” he added.

The results have shocked Merkel’s party.

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