Germany: the chips are down, Merkel wins 4th term

GERMANY VOTES AGAINST POLITICAL CLASS

Yes, Angela Merkel, who let in a million illegal immigrants, has won her fourth election. But the political class is losing: “Merkel’s conservative bloc [won] just 33.2 per cent of the vote… Her main Social Democrat (SPD) rivals also received their worst result since the 1940s — just 20.8.” The far Right is back in Parliament with 13 per cent.

You can’t read anything these days without having to correct the lingo and the facts: Kadavergehorsam made foolish Germans vote for the deceitful, destructive Merkel machine once again. The AfD is not “Far Right”, but a conservative party trying to restore law & order.

Yes, Angela Merkel, who let in a million illegal immigrants, has won her fourth election.

But the political class is losing and the danger is great:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a Government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD)stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 per cent of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into Parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Ms Merkel’s conservative bloc emerged as the largest parliamentary bloc but, with just 33.2 per cent of the vote, saw its support slump to the lowest since 1949 — the first time national elections were held in post-war Germany.

Her main Social Democrat (SPD) rivals also received their worst result since the 1940s — just 20.8 per cent — after nearly half of voters repudiated the two parties that have dominated Germany since World War II.

Merkel will resist forming a coalition with Alternative for Germany, which the media and the political class will demonise.

That suggests she will probably be forced more to the Left:

Without the SPD, MS Merkel’s only straightforward path to a majority in Parliament would be a three-way tie-up with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens, known as a “Jamaica” coalition because the black, yellow and green colours of the three parties match the Jamaican flag.

That, in turn, will force Merkel to the kind of policy positions that could help the AfD by making it the only available conservative or Right wing alternative.

That gives the AfG the opportunity to get right of its more radical fringe and establish itself as a mainstream party of the Right. More dangerously, the radicals could be legitimised.

This is gibberish. Nothing is more radical and destructive than Merkel’s pro-Islam politics. Any action against that is legit.

Either way, though, cynicism with the political class is meanwhile likely to grow, and that’s good for nobody.

UPDATE

This election is the latest example of the shy-voter syndrome that stunned the political class with the Brexit referendum and Trump’s victory. The shy voter tends to be a conservative or Right wing voter who fears the political class too much to tell a pollster how they intend to vote:

September 18:

Latest polls show the AfD at 10-12 per cent, up from eight-10 percent, potentially making it Germany’s third-strongest party.

Today’s vote: 13.1 per cent.

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