We’re receiving promising news from Germany this week as the most recent polls show that Germany’s populist party, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), have overtaken the Social Democrats (SPD) and are now polling as the second strongest party in the Confederation.
According to the results, which we have detailed below, the Grand Coalition would miss its governing majority with only 46% overall.
The above results appear only one week after German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her more conservative Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, finally reached a deal on how to handle asylum seekers arriving in the country.
Merkel’s shaky coalition government currently comprises of three parties; Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Seehofer’s Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) and Andrea Nahles’s Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). According to the German branch of The Local, Merkel advocated tightening border controls and setting up closed “transit centres” to hold migrants on the Austrian frontier during high-stakes crisis talks last week.
A number of polls carried out after the asylum dispute are showing that faith is being lost in Merkel’s coalition which could explain the bump up the polls for the AfD.