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Merkel’s Pyrrhic Victory: Worst Party Performance Since 1949 As Populist AfD Beat Expectations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged with the largest party in Germany’s national election but has lost well over a million voters as the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) has come a solid third in the race, beating previous expectations.

Ms Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) were always expected to win this year’s German national election but few predicted that the CDU would have its worst electoral showing since 1949. Merkel herself expressed disappointment at the result but vowed to continue to govern Germany, likely with new coalition partners.

The Social Democrats (SPD) under former European Union parliament president Martin Schulz did even worse, scoring only 20 percent of the vote according to exit polls from German public broadcaster ARD. The result is the worst in the party’s history since the Second World War.

Martin Schulz, who many saw as lacklustre during his televised debate with Merkel, has vowed to stay on and fight “right-wing extremism” in the German Bundestag. Schulz also announced that he would not seek to renew the “grand coalition” between the SPD and the CDU claiming that he did not want to see the populist anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) become the biggest opposition party.

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The only party enjoying a decisive improvement in fortunes in the election is the AfD who entered parliament for the first time with a projected 13.5 percent or around 88 seats in the Bundestag.

After the announcement of the exit polls, AfD politician Alexander Gauland told a crowd of supporters, “Dear friends, now that we’re obviously the third biggest power … the government has to buckle up. We will hunt them. We will hunt Ms Merkel … and we will reclaim our country and our people.”

Top candidate of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland (L) and top candidate of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alice Weidel celebrate on stage during an election night event in Berlin during the general election. (Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

AfD member Alice Weidel also said that the party would look into forming a committee to examine whether or not Ms Merkel had broken German laws during the height of the European migrant crisis back in 2015. “We have come to stay and we will stay,” she said.

The AfD did particularly well in East Germany where they came second overall but came first among men in the regions that compromised the former East German Republic (DDR).

Shortly after the exit polls were announced the parties began their election night events. In Berlin, the AfD event was protested by hundreds of alt-left Antifa extremists chanting “Nazis out!” and claiming the AfD programme was “Nazi propaganda.”

Opponents of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) protest against the result of the AfD after reaching a better-than-expected 13% and third place finish in German federal elections on September 24, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)

While no coalition plans have been announced many pundits have speculated that Merkel will enter a coalition agreement with the libertarian free market Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Green Party in what some are calling the “Jamaican Coalition” due to the colours of the parties (Black, Yellow and Green) matching the Jamaican flag.

The coalition idea may face setbacks according to a report from Reuters who say that one of the Green party top candidates, Katrin Goering-Eckhardt, did not seem keen on the idea saying, “I can’t imagine Jamaica.”

As it happened: Breitbart London Livewire

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or email at ctomlinson(at)breitbart.com 

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