Berlin : Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a stinging defeat in the regional elections on Sunday. Chancellor Merkel’s ruling party the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had to accept a defeat in the regional elections in her own constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the hands of “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) party. In the elections of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Chancellor Merkel’s party has been relegated to the third position. This is the party’s most humiliating defeat, which is seen as a direct consequence of her handling of the refugee crisis.
Founded barely 3 years ago in 2013 to oppose the federal policies concerning the European Union crisis, AfD has secured 18 seats in the Sunday election. After winning more than 20% of the votes in the region, this party has just jumped up to the second position, which is considered a resounding victory for the party. The leader of AfD, FraukePetry declared that the outcome of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern elections is a personal defeat for Chancellor Merkel.
While criticizing Merkel’s migrant policies, Frauke Petry added that the outlook of the German voters towards AfD is gradually changing; to defeat Chancellor Merkel’s CDU in northeast Germany by winning 21% votes is a triumph in itself. The downfall of CDU has begun as in various regions of Germany the party is seen cracking up.
Chancellor Merkel while accepting her defeat attributed her downfall to her immigration policies. She expressed her disappointment at the election results and felt that the people did not seem to have confidence on her stand on immigration policies. She however staunchly defended her government’s immigration policy saying that she believed that the decisions made were right nevertheless they will have to work harder to gain the public’s confidence back.
The leaders of Merkel’s party have also put the blame on the immigration policy for the party’s defeat. It is speculated that in due course of time the leadership of the party will be taken away from Merkel. The defeat at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern constituency could very well be the beginning of the end of Chancellor Merkel’s political rule, as seen by some opposition leaders as well as political observers here.