Today there are elections in three different regions in Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saxony-Anhalt. There is a very dreadful trend towards the right-winged parties, since a lot of people fear the masses of refugees from Syria and other Eastern countries. The article states how meaningful these elections are, because "together [these states] have 17 million of Germany's 81.5 million inhabitants." The refugee crisis is a very dominant topic and there is no clear solution to this. The article also draws attention to the up-coming party "AFD", "founded in 2013, the new party passed the electoral threshold for the first time the following year, in the European Parliament elections." This is going to be a very important message to Merkel and her politics, those votes are a significant feedback from the German population. The power of the established parties is now at stake and in Baden-Wuerttemberg the huge question at the moment is if the right-winged AfD can secure third place. According to the article "the Green party is ahead with 33.5 percent of the votes, followed by the CDU on 28.5 percent. The social-democrats and AfD both poll at 12.5 percent, with the liberals at 6 percent". This clearly indicates the threat for Germany to fall apart due to the crisis and due to the up-coming results, so therefore it is more important than ever to bear in mind how necessary it is to stand united against these odds and to find a way to integrate the refugees and create a tolerant and multicultural society.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016