‘I’m very unhappy’ Angela Merkel admits open-door policy DID cause defeat by far-right

“I am very unhappy. The CDU can not reap the fruits because the election campaign was almost exclusively about the issues of federal policy”.

After the AfD win, the party leader Frauke Petry said: “We have made history here today.

“This is a slap in the face for Merkel – not only in Berlin but also in her home state. The voters made a clear statement against Merkel’s disastrous immigration policies. This put her in her place.”

Germany’s Jewish leaders have reacted with horror to the success of the AfD in the weeken election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

“That an extreme-right party which blatantly incites hatred against minorities in a disgusting way can rise unhindered in our country is a nightmare come true,” said Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria.

“The AfD is an openly far-right party. It is pathetic when a party – in which xenophobia, antisemitism, racism, homophobia, historical denialism and conspiracy theories are the basis for argument – can become such a strong social and political influence.”

Knobloch warned that, in collaboration with other far-right parties, the AfD had the strength to threaten Germany’s democratic foundations.

Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, also expressed concern saying: “Clearly many voters are not aware or play down the fact that the AfD do not clearly distance themselves from right-wing extremists, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or anywhere else in the country.”

AfD party leader Frauke Petry announced that “Merkel has brought herself down,” adding: “The Chancellor and the SPD are leading German citizens on, whether it be in the financial crisis or the refugee crisis. The main political parties are involved in surrendering this country.”

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