This is an interesting article from Germany‘s leading news portal, DW. DW’s Christoph Hasselbach reports that the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is not surprising. He suggests that if no other party distances itself from Merkel’s refugee policy, AfD may establish itself even further.
Many German’s have supported Angela Merkel on the simple assumption that she knows best. This was fine in the good years but Merkel’s open doors policy to refugees has left Germany bitterly divided. The author concludes that voters will be looking closely at political parties’ policies on immigration ahead of the national election in 2017.
Many Europeans questioned the wisdom of Merkel’s policies last year and her deal with Turkey. It is likely that many Germans will no longer simply accept that Angela knows best.