Germany Shifts Right

The Local.De: Hard right stuns with huge election gains in Frankfurt
Confirming polling which shows that the AfD have hugely increased their share of the vote since Germany decided to open its doors to refugees in late August 2015, the right-wing party won on average 13.2 percent of votes at local election in the central German state of Hesse on Sunday.

This result made the AfD the third largest party behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), who won 28.2 percent and 28.0 percent respectively, Hessischer Rundfunk reports.
The move marks an advance from low single-digits. If the rise of AfD mirrors that of other European right-wing parties, inside of two years it will be on par with the CDU and SPD.

The results were foretold by German polling data which puts the CDU on the left according to voters. With only two right-wing parties available, and one of them very far right, nearly all the moderate and right-wing votes are destined to go to AfD in a change election unless the CDU and SPD tack right on immigration. There is rebellion from some members of the CDU, but no significant policy shift as of yet.

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