Monday 1 September 2014

Eurosceptic Alternative Für Deutschland enters Saxony's regional parliament

The German eurosceptic party, Alternative für Deutschland, has entered Saxony's regional parliament for the first time after winning around 9.6% of the vote.

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat Party got 39% of the vote and remain the largest party but the liberal Free Democrats got a trouncing, securing just 3.5% of the vote and losing all their representation. The Neo Nazi National Democratic Party looks to have lost all its representation in the regional parliament as well but it's close to the 5% threshold.

The success of a eurosceptic party in German is something that would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago but there is a trend across the EU of eurosceptic parties challenging the europhile status quo. In some countries the refusal to listen to the legitimate concerns of citizens about the advance of the EU superstate has resulted in extremists hoovering up that eurosceptic support but mostly it has seen liberals and fascists take a beating in the polls just as it has here in the UK.

As a committed europhile, Angela Merkel will be disappointed at the thought of sharing power with a eurosceptic party but what she values more than anything else is power so don't be surprised to see some concessions to the eurosceptics from Frau Merkel and the Christian Democrats.