Monday, September 25, 2017
AfD, Germany's "anti-immigrant, anti-euro" and "right-wing nationalist" party has vaulted its way into German parliament for the first time. Not only that, AfD has become the parliament's third most powerful political party after Angela Merkel's CDU (conservatives) and the SPD (social democrats).
Alexander Gauland, an AfD leader and now MP, told the press: "One million people, foreigners, being brought into this country are taking away a piece of this country and we as AfD don't want that... We say I don't want to lose Germany to an invasion of foreigners from a different culture. Very simple." He said that AfD's victory was a mandate to "uncompromisingly address" migration.
Merkel was reelected to serve a fourth term as Germany's chancellor, but her election this time around is very different in light of AfD's victory. She has acknowledged the "concerns, worries and anxieties" of AfD voters. Time will tell how and whether she'll address them and what that might mean for Germany's immigration policy.