German Far-Right Leader Questions Country's Relationship With Israel


Worldwide and domestic Jewish groups on Sunday expressed alarm at the far-right AfD's success in Germany's parliamentary election, with the European Jewish Congress urging other parties not to form an alliance with the AfD.

Reuters provides a bit more: "Germany's Green party said on Monday one of its main conditions for participating in any future coalition government will be ensuring that Europe's biggest economy fulfills its obligations as part of the Paris climate accord".

German media report that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is set to become parliament's new speaker. Different sections of the Federal Parliament are often seen to reflect political values, with the Left party (Linke) faction traditionally occupying the far-left corner of the plenary room for example.

Of further concern for Merkel is that the election results indicate that the German citizenry is not at all pleased with the direction she is taking Germany.

Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and early counting, showed Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and their Bavaria-only allies, the Christian Social Union, winning around 33 percent of the vote - down from 41.5 percent four years ago.

She said the AfD, as an "anarchistic party", could be successful in opposition but would not be able to offer voters a credible option as a government. With the final result still incomplete, Merkel is likely to remain chancellor in the next government - albeit with the ranks of her party in the Bundestag (parliament) plummeting from 38 percent in 2013 to 32 percent Sunday.

We can say goodbye to a stable Germany

Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, the AfD's top candidates during the election campaign, were elected as chairs of the party's parliamentary group on Tuesday.

The goal is clear: CDU continues its attempt to attract voters from right-wing AfD, and for this it is trying to win conservative and nationalist votes. It may be too late, as there are still more than a million refugees who don't want to assimilate into German culture.

Schulz ruled out a re-run of Merkel's existing alliance with the SDP after the centre-left party's disappointing results.

The German election was described by many as "boring".

The CSU saw its vote share tumble by 10% on Sunday, with losses directed mostly to the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Building a coalition would now take some months.

It wants Germany's liberal political asylum rules reframed to serve the national interest, a referendum on leaving the euro and returning to the Deutsche mark and economic sanctions on Russian Federation lifted.