Yesterday’s election in the East German state of Thuringia has seen two anti-system parties top the poll pushing Angela Merkel’s fake conservative party into third place, while her hapless coalition allies in the fake left SPD were reduced to a single figure percentage share of the vote.
Topping the poll was Die Linke (The Left) which is the successor party to the old East German Communist Party with 31% of the vote winning 29 seats (+1) in the state parliament. In second place was Alternative for Germany (AfD) with a 23% vote share winning 22 seats (+11) narrowly beating Angela Merkel’s party which lost thirteen seats down from 34 seats to 21 compared to the last elections in 2014. Support for the fake left SPD crumbled with the party winning just 8% of the vote, while the Greens and liberal FDP just scraped over the 5%+ threshold winning five seats each.
The result means that no coalition of parties can form a majority in the state parliament as Merkel’s party refuses to join a ruling coalition with either the AfD or the former communists.
However, the election means the AfD is now the second political force in eastern Germany after election gains last month elsewhere in the former GDR. It also strengthens the radical nationalist wing of the party as the AfD’s leader in Thuringia is Bjorn Hocke, who is one of their strongest advocates in the party which was only formed in 2013.
Another fascinating aspect of the election is the growing support for the AfD among younger people in Thuringia itself which is reflected elsewhere in Germany after Merkel’s madcap decision to open Germany’s borders in 2015 to over one million, mainly Muslim immigrants, from the Third World.