Support for Germany's right-wing AfD rises to 9 percent

8th November 2015, Comments 3 comments

Support for the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party rose to nine percent in a poll released Sunday, a day after thousands of its supporters joined an anti-refugee rally in Berlin.

The AfD party is the chief critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door policy towards refugees fleeing war and persecution. Europe's top economy faces a record influx of up to one million asylum seekers this year.

Backing for the AfD was up one point to reach the highest level in a year, and stood at 14 percent in formerly communist eastern Germany, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported, as the country expects to take in one million asylum-seekers this year.

"The AFD is the only party in Germany that is unrestrained in exploiting the prejudices towards foreigners of parts of the population," political scientist Ulrich von Alemann told the newspaper about the result of the Emnid institute poll.

Founded on a eurosceptic platform, the AfD has gone through a leadership split and veered further to the right, with some of its leaders voicing support for the anti-Islamic PEGIDA protest movement.

On Saturday, thousands of AfD protesters rallied through Berlin, with many waving German flags and anti-Islamic placards, under the banner "Asylum Needs Limits -- Red Card for Merkel".

Its deputy chief Alexander Gauland likened the migrant influx to the barbarians who brought down the Roman Empire and said his party "won't be showing a friendly face anymore", national news agency DPA reported.

The AfD rally sparked large counter-protests, whose activists waved "Refugees welcome" signs.

More than 1,000 police were deployed to separate the two groups who hurled abuse at each other, and officers made more than 40 arrests.

© 2015 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • cward posted:

    on 10th December 2015, 01:01:39 - Reply

    Media everywhere seem to be self destructing on the altar of Political Correctness. What is frightening is that the spin on this article is EXACTLY the same type of distortion we see here in America... left right and center.

    It's as though citizens of the world are at war with their own political parties, and media.

    I am a Trump supporter, and every story about him is a calculated effort to undermine his support and discredit him. Ditto for all the populist, nationalist parties of Europe.

    We are at war not only with Islam but our own elites. Where are the Jews when we need their influence?
  • Tod posted:

    on 8th November 2015, 19:11:08 - Reply

    Large counter protests? I call bull**** on that. The counter protesters where outnumbered 5 to 1.

  • Poopieboy posted:

    on 9th November 2015, 05:18:26 - Reply

    Just so you know, PEGIDA has massive support in Germany. The media is trying to spin what is going on, but Germany is spiraling into civil war quickly over this. They are an ethnostate, like almost every other nation on the planet outside of Russia and the US. They have a right to protect that. These aren't refugees, they're migrants. They should be stopped. Put your preachy idealism aside and look at reality. The spinelessness of the media blows my mind.