Polls suggest jump in German far-right party's support

Posted Сентября 19, 2017

Second, because of the increased ideological diversity of a coalition that includes the Greens and the FDP - the former anchored in the radicalism of the social movements of the late 1960s and 1970s, with the latter being a party of proud liberals (both neo and paleo) - vote-whipping to create the requisite unity among the Bundestag representatives that comprise the governing coalition would decidedly be more hard.

Right-wing parties have featured prominently in elections across Europe this year.

Pundits argue that, if the polls are right, the SPD's best bet could be to concede defeat and return to the opposition where they can re-invent themselves in time for the next election. Having the FDP in the German Cabinet would mean that German businesses (which are particularly interested in a deal that keeps the closest possible trade ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union) would have a stronger voice in the process as the United Kingdom leaves the Continental bloc.

Merkel and Germany have emerged as the leaders of what could still be called the Western world in terms of democracy and principles.

Gauland, 76, also said that most Muslims who live in Germany are "good, law-abiding and well-integrated citizens", who should have the right to "exercise their religion in private" as it is "part of religious freedom".

What has changed, however, is the world that Merkel now faces. But after a solid trouncing by the CDU in three state elections since then, Schulz's prospects are looking thinner. In 2013, the FDP and the AfD came in just below the 5-percent threshold.

Setting out conditions days before federal elections that Merkel is nearly certain to win, albeit short of an absolute majority, the FDP also ruled out partnering her conservatives if she supported French plans to deepen fiscal integration in the euro zone.

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Merkel has seen a decline in her approval ratings over the past two years, mainly due to a decision at the beginning of 2015 to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany.

A senior aide to the German leader also warned against optimism saying Brexit policy would be the "same old soup" after the vote. The Greens are polling at about 8%. "China's strengthened economic and political position requires it to play a more active role in shaping common answers to global challenges". In an interview in early August, the FDP head said Germany may have to accept Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine as "a lasting provisional state of affairs". "But we're constantly told that 'Germany is a strong country and everybody's doing fine.' That simply isn't case".

The FDP, which held the foreign minister's post in its last union with the conservatives, has reinvented itself under Mr Lindner.

It's telling that the main speculation ahead of the election doesn't surround the putative victor, but rather the potential coalitions Merkel could form. "Let's make them ourselves'".

On Turkey, relations between Berlin and Ankara are at a new low following the arrests in Turkey of a number of German nationals - including two journalists and a human rights activist - on politically motivated charges.

Notwithstanding Merkel's unquestioned humanitarian assistance for Middle East refugees and displaced persons, she is not unaware of the need to deal firmly with some unsafe and intolerable issues that arise on the worldwide scene. Germany is the world's fourth largest economy and Europe's largest, with its GDP representing nearly a third of the economy of the Eurozone.

The latest Infratest dimap polls published on Thursday has the Social Democrats (SPD) lugging behind the Christian Democrats (CDU) by 17pp. But over the next year, fake news outlets used it to spread lies about Modamani, including allegations of being a terrorist in the attacks in Brussels and at the Christmas market in Berlin.

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