Monday, 25 September 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vows to win back right-wing voters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for right-wing nationalist AfD.

Mrs Merkel is set for a fourth term in office, despite heavy losses for her party in Sunday's election.

She now faces months of coalition talks to try to form a stable government.

After winning its first parliamentary seats, AfD - Alternative for Germany - vowed to fight "an invasion of foreigners" into the country.

"We want a different policy," co-leader Alexander Gauland said following his party's historic surge.
But splits have already emerged between AfD leaders on the party's direction.

There were surprising scenes at the party's news conference on Monday morning when chairwoman Frauke Petry, the best known AfD politician, announced she would not be part of the party's bloc when she joined the Bundestag.

Mrs Merkel's conservative alliance - between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister Bavarian party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - recorded its worst result in almost 70 years.

BBC    News.

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