Wow. This is a bombshell. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel is shocket. So are the majority of the German citizens. Germany`s ruling party Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will lose almost half of their votes in case of a new elections in the state of Thuringia.
The right-wing to far-right political party in Germany Alternative for Germany (AfD) are on the rise. A party founded only seven years ago. Autraged critics have compared the Thuringia election with the rise of Adolf Hitler.
In 1930, Adolf Hitler was celebrating. «Our biggest success we had in Thuringia,» he wrote. There we are the most significant party. The parties in Thuringia trying to create a government cannot secure a majority without our co-operation.»
A poll released earlier today, Friday, revealed that CDU is dropping from 21,7 percent to 12 percent.
Ex-Prime Minister of Belgium and pro-EU Guy Verhofstadt protested and sent a message on social media on Friday. He released a photograph of a newly elected Mr Kemmerich shaking hands with Thuringia`s hard-right AfD leader Bjorn Hocke, and juxtaposing it with one of Hitler greeting the then German president Paul von Hindenburg.
The AfD`s initial supporters were the same prominent economics, business leaders, and jornalists who had supported the Electoral Alternative 2013, who had previously challenged the constitutionality of the German government`s eurozone policies at the Federal Constitutional Court.
AfD`s ideology is German nationalism, Ultranationalism, Right-wing populism, Euroscepticism, National conservatism, Social conservatism, Economic liberalism, Anti-Islam, Anti-immigration, Anti-feminism, Direct democracy, Climate change denier and Right-wing to far-right.
According to its interim electoral manifesto, the party is against same-sex marriage and favours civil unions. The party is also against adoption for same-sex couples. The left-leaning newspaper Die Tageszeitung described the group as advocating «old gender roles».
Wolfgang Gedeon, an elcted AfD representative, has included feminism, along with «sexualism» and «migrationism», in an ideology he calls «green communism» that he opposes, and argues for family values as part of German identity. As AfD has campaigned for traditional roles for women, it has aligned itself with groups opposed to modern feminism.
Thomas Kemmerich of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) was elected as the state prime minister of Thuringia with the votes of the CDU and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Wednesday.
Many people believe that Kemmerich`s election with the help of the AfD would have effects beyond the state and endanger the stability of the political system in Germany.
After Kemmerich`s election, leading politicians of most German parties critized process and called for a new elections in Thuringia. On national level, all major parties have shunned cooperation with the AfD.
Angela Merkel described Kemmerich`s AfD-backed election as «unforgivable».