Anti-immigration AfD gains political power, vows to ‘reclaim our country’
Chancellor Angela Merkel won Sunday’s election but lost more than a million voters as the populist, right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) becomes the biggest opposition party in parliament.
The AfD is the first far-right group to win seats in the Bundestag since the 1950s, scoring an astonishing 88 seats.
The party ran a campaign that blasted Merkel’s 2015 decision to open Germany’s borders to immigrants and refugees, spawning an outbreak of violence and chaos that grows worse every year.
AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland told a crowd of supporters, “Dear friends, now that we’re the third biggest power, the government has to buckle up. We will hunt them. We will hunt Ms Merkel and we will reclaim our country and our people.”
Alice Weidel, who shares the leadership with Gauland, said that the party would begin investigating Merkel to see if she broke German laws during the height of the European migrant crisis in 2015. “We have come to stay and we will stay,” Weidel said.