This was a sensational victory for the German party and a resounding slap in the face for the ruling elite. It gained over 27 percent in Saxony and 24 percent in Brandenburg, which is a historical achievement. Berlin AfD chief Georg Pazderski described the results of his party as a “great success”.
The anti-immigration party has finally become the People’s Party in the eastern part of Germany. The AfD is only six years old, but never before has a party in German post-war history and after reunification managed to achieve such an electoral boost at such a pace.
The success of the AfD is noteworthy because it was achieved against all odds. For months, public broadcasters shunned AfD politicians with a quasi-boycott on talk shows, while the private media unilaterally condemned the AfD in their reporting since their journalists sympathize mostly with left-wing parties, as do the churches, trade unions and employers’ associations.
Most recently, the head of the Federation of German Industry, Dieter Kempf, had warned that successes of the AfD would harm “the image of our country”.
This biased and unfair united front continued with their “Nazi” smears and collective bullying, while forcing restaurateurs not to rent out meeting spaces to the AfD. Moreover, the widespread violent attacks by left-wing extremist Antifa East German citizens were directed at AfD politicians and members.
In Saxony, a region of 3,5 million that borders on the Czech Republic and Poland, the AfD had nearly tripled its support in preliminary results. AfD chief Alexander Gauland said they were “very satisfied with the result”.
The CDU, Angela Merkel’s party, put on a ridiculous show in Brandenburg, and in some places even made joint calls with the left to stand up against the AfD. This pandering to the left may have been largely responsible for the historic implosion of the CDU in Brandenburg, after having dominated Brandenburg’s politics for 30 years.
Speaker of the parliamentary group of the AfD, Björn Höcke has called for new elections because of the poor results of both the CDU and SPD. He said the grand coalition in Berlin no longer had sufficient legitimacy. The Merkel era must be ended as soon as possible by early elections, he added. His close ally, former paratrooper Andreas Kalbitz, 46, was the top candidate in Brandenburg.
More and more German citizens are tired of being infantilized by the supervised control of the mainstream, and will no longer allow the elite to dictate from above, which essentially means a real democratic choice.
This includes the scandalous finding that those who have never completely distanced themselves from the totalitarian ideology of Marxist socialism, were counted among the “democratic parties”, while the AfD was not.
Decisive for the dramatic losses in the CDU and SPD and the victory of the AfD, is that the citizens want an alternative that is not currently offered by the old parties: stopping illegal mass immigration, returning to regular border security, enforcing law and order and no creeping expropriation through a zero interest rate policy and euro rescues.
The CDU has now been taken hostage by the Greens, especially in Saxony, where there is a clear non-left majority – the CDU and AfD have almost 70 percent of the mandates in the Landtag. But since the CDU will not work with the AfD, the Greens can squeeze the CDU for arbitrary concessions regarding lax deportations, countering the police, launching ideological experiments through school policy and by supporting an hysterical climate policy.
All parties have sworn not to work with the anti-immigration party in a coalition government. But that could be a difficult promise to keep, with vote share dispersed across a number of smaller parties. AfD chief Alice Weidel noted: “Sixty percent of the Saxons have elected conservatives. Ignoring that means ignoring the electorate’s will.”
Thus, if the AfD continues to professionally reorganize and integrate, then it will continue to systematically drive out the formerly large parties.
Saxony’s CDU leader Michael Kretschmer has shown that one can win elections with a more conservative profile. The next disappointment, however, is already programmed because citizens have voted for a seemingly more conservative CDU but will soon see green-left policies put into place in return.
The sharp increase in turnout shows that with the AfD the party political landscape has become more lively – competition is stimulating business and encouraging citizens to exercise their right to vote.
Most of the new AfD voters in Saxony came from the camp of non-voters. According to the opinion research institute infratest dimap on behalf of public broadcaster ARD, some 223 000 non-voters migrated to the AfD. From the CDU, some 84 000 voters defected to the right.
The state elections were also viewed as a crucial test for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), the hand-picked successor to Merkel. A series of missteps have voters — including some in her own party — questioning her leadership.