Germany is holding its general election today. Unprecedentedly since WWII, a right wing party – the Alternative for Germany (AfD) – is poised to finish an historic third, according to opinion surveys.
Incumbent Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which is expected to top this Sunday’s polls, nonetheless has a commanding lead with the Social Democrat Party (SPD) trotting behind in second place.
— dwnews (@dwnews) August 16, 2017
AfD: “Merkel is mad”
Running on a nationalistic platform, AfD strongly objects Merkel’s open-door willkommen policy that has welcomed more than 1.5 million arrivals largely from the Muslim world since 2015.
Condemning Merkel, AfD headliner candidate Alexander Gauland wants his country’s borders sealed against undocumented immigrants. “These people shouldn’t even be allowed into the country,” he was quoted as saying.
Gauland’s election campaign co-chair Dr Alice Weidel echoes that Germany “will be destroyed through this immigration policy”.
“Donald Trump said that Merkel is insane and I absolutely agree with that,” Weidel added.
— The Local Germany (@TheLocalGermany) May 11, 2017
Skeptical of multiculturalism
Formed in 2013, the young AfD has quickly expanded its voter base and even outperformed ruling party CDU in Merkel’s home state Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in regional elections there last year.
Channeling the ordinary German’s suppressed anti-immigration sentiment, AfD is pressing for Merkel in her role as chancellor to be investigated and “severely punished” for unconstitutionally altering the national demographics in one reckless stroke.
AfD chairwoman Frauke Petry has proposed that rejected asylum seekers and illegal immigrants be held in centres on islands outside of Europe, in the vein of the Australian practice.
She wants an official mechanism created whereby the refugees and migrants – mostly originating from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – would be deported the soonest possible.
⇓ Petry also believes German border police should shoot at refugees trying to enter illegally
Among the consequences of an unmitigated influx of Muslims into Germany is the trend toward “reverse integration”; some Germans have noted how the natives “are expected to adapt to the customs and mores of migrants, rather than the other way around”.
One example of such an audacious attitude was displayed by a Syrian migrant named Aras Bacho who called on Germans feeling angry about the refugee crisis to either “behave normally” (mirroring Dutch premier Mark Rutte’s election open letter) or otherwise look for a new home.
Nineteen-year-old Bacho, a Huffington Post Deutschland columnist, suggested that Donald Trump’s America would be a fitting destination for the Wutbürger (enraged white, Christian citizen).
In an article published on 12 Oct 2016 in Der Freitag, he wrote:
“We refugees… do not want to live in the same country with you [Wutbürger]. You can, and I think you should, leave Germany. And please take Saxony and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) with you.”
Not surprisingly, AfD wants to scrap the right to asylum − targeting Muslim refugees and immigrants.
⇓ AfD’s EU parliamentarian Beatrix von Storch famously said, “People who won’t accept ‘STOP’ at our borders are attackers”
Views Islam as a threat
“Islam as a cultural and religious entity has no place in Germany,” AfD’s Gauland insisted.
Gauland’s election campaign co-chair Alice Weidel – who’s openly lesbian – had announced earlier this year in May that “she wanted to have nothing to do with ‘confessed supporters of Sharia’ law who had never distanced themselves from the ‘Stone Age practices’ of their religion”, recounted German magazine Der Spiegal.
Islam "does not belong in Germany": AfD ramps up attacks on Islam and refugees https://t.co/fuktoKWDfa
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) September 19, 2017
A chapter of the AfD party manifesto titled ‘Islam is not a part of Germany’ promised to introduce a ban on the azan, minarets and burqa.
“[AfD] also argues that Germany is being ‘Islamified’ and portrays itself as a bulwark for traditional Christian values,” the Deutsche Welle reported most recently on Friday.
Petry’s husband Marcus Pretzell, who is AfD North Rhine-Westphalia state chairman, tweeted “These are Merkel’s dead” in describing the 2016 victims of the Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack.
Upholding Christian civilizational values
Although consistently disparaged as racist far right or neo-Nazi extremists by the hostile liberal media, still AfD has managed to overcome the negative press and is anticipated to make its debut in the Bundestag, the German Dewan Rakyat.
This year has seen xenophobia on the rise across Europe.
Islamophobic Marine Le Pen made it to the final round – placing runner-up to winner Emmanuel Macron – of the French presidential election in May while anti-Islam icon Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) is now the second biggest party in the Netherlands parliament following the Dutch election held earlier in March.
Going by the latest poll tracker, AfD is forecast to win as much as 16 percent of the vote after enjoying a late surge. The poll figure released by public broadcaster ARD means AfD is likely to become Germany’s third largest party.
⇓ ‘The German election is a Christian civil war’
Merkel's party is deeply rooted in the white nationalist politics she now condemns. https://t.co/sXARPBTdxg
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) September 13, 2017
Influential Catholic and Protestant theologians have come out in favour of the AfD, according to a Foreign Policy report − article link in tweet above.
The manifesto of their organization ‘Christen in der AfD/Christen in den Bundestag’ (below) warns that an evaporation of Christian identity would “endanger nothing less than the foundations of our system of state and of our civilization,” explained Foreign Policy a fortnight ago.
Today’s moment of reckoning at the German polls will soon prove that the Christian nativists of Europe are again resurgent, portending a clash of civilizations to come.