Merkel to win in Germany?

#81
What I find interesting, is that in my area, all the party placards went up weeks ago and are everywhere.....except the AfD's. I only saw them along one single (long) street and only about four days before the voting yesterday. Another thing, is that after the results came in, the reporters on the radio stations, tied themselves in knots to make no mention of the AfD. Having said that, they made no mention of them in all the lead up, except to label them as far right.

Another thing that stood out, was the ballot form itself. It was a form with about five fold outs (think of an old OS map) and the AfD were down the bottom, with several blank spaces above. If you didn't fold it out completely, it would have been very easy to miss the lowest parties. I didn't have a vote, so going on what I was told by my wife at the polling station and what others have said.

Here's a link to the results:
Landtagswahl 2017 in NRW
 
#82
Thanks for the link Recce.
I think that the medias problem with the AfD in NRW is that Frauke Petrys husband (can't remember his name!) does not come over as some mouth breathing neo-nazi or other extreme right wing no brainer, instead he seems a decent bloke. That just does not fit in with all the negative reportings that the media would like to give him.
 
#83
Apparently the AfD has some unusual supporters, now I don't know the original source of this, but it was stated on TV that the Russian immigrants showed a preference for the AfD. Just a quick explanation for those unaware of what the Russland-Deutsche are. Sometime late 1800s the then Czar decided he needed German engineers and craftsmen so he invited loads over to Russia promising religious freedom, land and money. Fast forward to Germany post reunification in the early 90s. It was decided that the descendants of those emigrants should be eligible for German nationality should they wish to come to Germany, which many did. The big rush ended some years ago, but I believe that some still come to Germany. These are also the people who were protesting at refugees a couple of years ago.
What's Russian for irony?
 
#85
Some people in UK were hoping that she would be struggling to hold on to power thus weakening her position as the powerhouse of the EU. This does not look likely now and indeed she may come out of this election stronger and able to devote time to dealing with the EU rather than domestic politics. Might not be great for Brexit unless Angela decided to help influence negotiations calming down the Juncker-style hard approach allowing for a softer Brexit than anticipated.
What it absolutely does confirm is that Bitains decision to leave the EU was completely correct, and, cannot come soon enough!!!
 
#86
In what way is someone who upsticks and goes to work in a country that has invited them in a refugee?
I never actually said that the Russland-Deutsche are refugees, although they were definitely fleeing a corrupt and oppressive system, under the Soviet regime they never had it easy. Just to remind you what I actually wrote "but it was stated on TV that the Russian immigrants".
However I was not the only one to find it amusing and ironic, the TV reporter at the time said so as well.
Happy now?
 
#87
Meanwhile the analysis of Sundays disaster for the SPD continues. One political analysist said the defeat does not mean that Schulz is dead in the water, after all only a few weeks ago Laschet was someway behind Kraft in the polls. Schulz could still be in with a chance.
 
#91
I have now changed tack slightly and hope that she does get in.
Then she will have the next 5 years in office to realise what she has done to her country, and wonder where the dosh is going to come from to pay for all the gast non-arbeiters.
Not to forget dealing with the inevitable internal strife as well.
Crack on Mutti.
 
#92
There's been a lot of murders by our new guests recently. The other day, a helper from the DRK (German Red Cross), was stabbed to death whilst giving advice and help to a Syrian. Last week, it was reported that a Afghan killed a five year old girl and seriously injured her mother.....Naturally, this has hardly made an news.

In Duisburg, the Roma are totally feral. A 14 year old cat was caught and stoned to death, after they had "played" with it. Too many incidents to list and it's not going away.
 
#93
I have now changed tack slightly and hope that she does get in.
Then she will have the next 5 years in office to realise what she has done to her country, and wonder where the dosh is going to come from to pay for all the gast non-arbeiters.
Not to forget dealing with the inevitable internal strife as well.
Crack on Mutti.
Harry,

The parlimentary term in Germany is 4 years.

Still as you say hopefully her open-door immigration policy will come back to bite her hard on the arrse.
 
#98
Lack of citizenship made them behave so far, so what's voting got to do with it

I was asking whether you believed they had a vote without citizenship. It's a simple binary question.
 

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