The Return of Germany’s Right
On the outside of Germany, Chancellor Merkel is well liked and respected; many people see her a leader in the world, when she is very much the leader of the European Leader, and many people compare their politicians to her. But growing in the boards of her own country was the right.
Germans in many ways had turned their backs on her, but with nowhere else to turn, they went back to the Christian Democratic Union leader for her fourth term, now matching Helmut Kohl, who was leader when the Germany’s were reunited. Chancellor Merkel’s falling poll numbers were because of relaxed terms on entry on refugees.
Germany, and certainly the German people, has come a far way since Hilter’s time. Most German welcome refugees and other immigrants. Open borders are a proud fact. They have the strongest economy in Europe, and have shown great strengths in the world of tolerance.
Yet, fifty years after right wing groups left the Reichstag, the Alternative for Germany has entered the capital. Rebranding themselves, they still have the old ideas of immigration, nationalism, a “traditional” family, in denial of climate change, and conscription. Sayings and phrases that hadn’t been used since the Third Reich were suddenly yelled on election day.
The AfG is now the third largest group in the Bundestag. Only thirteen percent of Germans voted for the AfD, compared to CDU’s 32.9% and SPD 20.8%. Other parties to get in are Free Democratic Party (FDP) with 10.5%, Greens with 8.9%, and the Left with 8.9%. (To get into the Reichstag, a party must gain 5% of the vote.)
Many people stated that Germany got a Trump, which Trump has many ideologies that are similar and fascist Germany.
While fifty years after right wing left Germany’s parliament and over seventy years since the end of World War II, to have right wing politics enter in such an explosive way will have consequences.
The AfD has demanded an end to the “the cult of guilt” that came with the Holocaust. But members of the AfD has also called Chancellor Merkel and other members of parliament “traitors to their people.” Supporters of the AfD have been connected to groups such as PEGIDA and Identitarian movements, and both movements are kept under careful watch of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Out of the 94 likely candidates, Der Spiegel found that 35 were connected to right-wing extremist groups, according to Deutsche Welle.
Politicians inside the Reichstag say that the AfD will be excluded, with the other parties able to make coalitions to keep them out, but how long will that hold? If the German government is to stall, it will have repercussions across Europe.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the AfD is against immigration that they’re also against the European Union. It started with complains about the bailouts toward Greece. Their refugee plans include ridding the country of refugees who were rejected asylum seekers, any refugee who commits a crime while being twelve or older would be placed in a prison outside of Germany, and the constitutional right of asylum seekers getting a hearing. Leader Alice Weidel wants “negative immigration” and think that Germany has become “Islamified.”
The populist vote that came for the AfD is the same rise for Brexit and Donald Trump. One of the main leaders, Alice Weidel, is a lesbian with two children, but the AfD argues for the traditional family and traditional views. They are anti-abortion and anti-gay rights. When asked to explain their political and traditional views, the AfD has been very hostile toward the press.
Seventy years may have passed, and Germany has certainly regained its strength, but it has been done without military might. Germany is known as one of the most artistic and tolerant countries in the world, and the Alterativ fuer Deutschland will only bring it back to the old ages, like the US wants to “make America great again” and the United Kingdom wants their “independence day.”