GERMAN CRISIS: You Are Finished! AfD Leader To Merkel
Alternative For Germany’s (AfD) co-leader, Dr. Alice Weidel, has told Chancellor Angela Merkel starkly that she is “finished” as Germany is currently being rocked but what its President has called it’s “biggest crisis in 70 years”. Speaking to Deutsche Welle following the announcement of the collapse of talks aimed at forming a new coalition government, Dr. Weidel said:
Merkel is finished. This shows that the AfD works because we prevented a black and green government [with the CDU/CSU and Greens].
As confusion surrounded what exactly will happen next, Merkel and the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, appeared to be at loggerheads. Mr. Steinmeier, speaking yesterday, decisively rejected the call for new elections and instructed all parties to come together for the “common good”:
“The mission to form a government remains. You can not just hand back responsibility to the electorate,” he said. “All political parties elected to parliament must act for the common good. I expect a demonstration of readiness to form a government in the near future.”
Mrs. Merkel, however, clearly holds the opposite point of view and appears ready to gamble everything on a return to the polls:
“I do not want to say never today, but I am very sceptical and I think that new elections would then be the better way.”
She has also made it clear that she intends to lead the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) into any fresh elections and win another four-year term:
“I was always asked in the election campaign, ‘Will you be ready to serve Germany as chancellor for four years?’ Two months have passed [since the election] so it would be very strange . . . to say that what I told voters during the whole election campaign doesn’t stand anymore.”
The AfD is relishing the prospect of a new poll. Dr. Weidel said:
“We’re looking forward to it, and we’re looking forward to potential snap elections.”
The German establishment is doubtless running scared of the AfD and the position of the President and other so-called ‘political grandees’ is clearly determined purely by fear of the AfD making further gains in a snap poll. We should welcome this prospect. Dr. Weidel has spoken out against the treatment of Britain by the EU.
Looking at the bigger picture, with Emmanuel Macron also in serious trouble in France, the whole EU project is seriously rocking on its heels. Both Merkel and Macron have formed an axis of federalist evil and we should see the struggle of the AfD and Front Nationale in France as our struggle.