And not a moment too soon:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party was humiliated in key regional elections on Sunday as voters delivered their verdict at the ballot box about her open-door refugee policies.
Exit poll results in three out of 16 German states foretell a wipeout in next year’s general election as the hard-right capitalized on public disquiet and altered the political landscape forever.
Baden-Wuerttemberg – solidly middle class and home to blue chip companies like Porsche and Daimler – was won by the Green Party after Merkel’s CDU lost nearly 11 percent support since the last vote there in 2011.
And the Alternative for Germany – AfD anti-immigrant party – garnered 12.5 percent of the votes, propelling a party that her supporters call ‘Nazis in pinstripes’ into the local parliament.
Leader Frauke Petry said: ‘We are seeing above all in these elections that voters are turning away in large numbers from the big established parties and voting for our party. ‘They expect us finally to be the opposition that there hasn’t been in the German parliament and some state parliaments.’
‘The people who voted for us voted against this refugee policy,’ added AfD deputy chairman Alexander Gauland.
‘We have a very clear position on the refugee issue: we do not want to take in any refugees,’ he declared.
I very much hope the German nationalists succeed in coming to power in a democratic fashion and sending all the non-German nationals back to their homelands. Because if they don’t, we can safely anticipate that the German ultras are going to come to power in a very non-democratic manner and I doubt they’re going to bother with the expense of sending anyone back anywhere.
Merkel and the mainstream parties are not the solution to the problem, for the obvious reason that they are the cause of the problem.