German election: protests in Berlin as Nazis enter the Bundestag
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"For the first time in the modern history of the Federal Republic of Germany, voters have elected a far-right party to the country's parliament. But what does "far-right" mean and how will political culture change? The answers are both very complicated and really simple.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) promotes itself as a patriotic, democratic, conservative party. However, critics from across the political spectrum say it's an association of right-wing extremists. In a pointed reference to the AfD, Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel bemoaned the fact that "true Nazis" would once again be part of the Bundestag.
Speaking to foreign journalists, Germany's leading academic expert on political parties, Oskar Niedermayer, defined the AfD as follows: "The spectrum of positions represented in the AfD cannot be summed up by one word. I call them a nationalist-conservative party with increasing connections to right-wing extremism.""
See: Far-right AfD enters German parliament: What it means for German politics (Deutsche Welle, link)
The AfD won 12.6% of the vote in the federal elections which is likely to give it 94 seats in the Bundestag, the German parliament.
German election: Anti-AfD protests erupt in Berlin (Al Jazeera, link):
"Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in central Berlin after exit polls showed that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party had become Germany's third-largest political force.
Shouting slogans such as "All Berlin hates the AfD!" and ''Nazi pigs!", the demonstrators gathered outside a building in Germany's capital where the anti-immigrant party's leaders were celebrating winning an estimated 13.1 percent of the votes in Sunday's federal poll.
Several protesters threw bottles as police kept them away from the building."
And: German election: AfD vows to fight 'invasion of foreigners' (BBC, link):
"Germany's right-wing, nationalist AfD party has vowed to fight "an invasion of foreigners" into the country, after winning its first parliamentary seats.
"We want a different policy," co-leader Alexander Gauland said following the historic surge.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term but her conservative CDU/CSU bloc received its worst result in almost 70 years.
Mrs Merkel is beginning negotiations to form a new coalition government."
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