Rise of the right signals shift in Germany
The far-right Alternative fur Deutschland party gained political success in Germany, coming second in regional elections in Saxony-Anhalt and third in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Wuerttemberg. As a result, members of AfD are now part of the law-making process.
For a country that tried so hard to acknowledge and repress its Nazi history, having far-right influence in the parliament is unnerving, especially at a time when the country has to process over one million refugees.
The German attitude has changed a lot in the past year; once welcoming the refugees with cheers and pro-refugee signs, the population is slowly realising that financially supporting and integrating over one million people may be more difficult than they originally thought.
Issues like the refugees, immigration and the economy are the reasons why parties like AfD and the U.K. Independence Party are gaining momentum. This makes the situation increasingly difficult to ignore, even for the United States.
It is interesting to observe how the situation will unfold and how it will affect Germany’s allies. Will Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats reign in Germany, or will other parties replace them with a different approach on the refugee crisis?