Angela Merkel is polarizing Germany almost as much as Donald Trump is polarizing the United States of America. While the "iron chancellor" is admired and well respected in most of the Western world, Germans begin to face the consequences of the refugee policy of the "Great coalition" in which both major parties in the country, Merkel's christian-democratic CDU and the social-democratic SPD, are ruling the country in the heart of Europe.
The New Year's eve incident has changed the country
While incidents with criminal asylum seekers were mostly being rumored about on the internet before, the drastic happenings at New Year's eve in the city of Cologne have been a game changer. After sexual offenses on over 900 women and girls by asylum seekers on this night, violent and criminal asylum seekers suddenly were in the spotlight of the German public. In the following weeks, newspapers that formerly remained silent about smaller incidents because they didn't want to raise hatred against immigrants, changed their policy and revealed: Cologne was just the tip of the iceberg.
Right wing party is dominating the polls
Nevertheless all parties that are counted to the political establishment in Germany, namely the two big parties, the Greens, the radical left and the liberal party, stuck to their policy of welcoming the strangers who crossed up to twenty countries to come to Germany seeking asylum. This was the perfect environment for the right wing populist "Alternative for Germany" party which climbed from four percent to fourteen percent in the nationwide polls.
Polls show: Merkel is quickly losing ground
The whole nation is now looking at the upcoming state elections on the first weekend of September which will take place in the home state of the chancellor Angela Merkel, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. According to a recent poll her nationwide approval rate has fallen from 75 percent in early 2015 to a five-year-low of 46 percent.
In her home state the situation is even worse. Both big parties which are ruling not only the nation but also the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in a great coalition have to expect major losses while the right wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), that was not even founded when the last elections took place, could become the strongest party.
Is this weekend going to end the rule of Angela Merkel?
At the moment the social-democrats are still in the lead with 28 percent, chased by the AfD with 23 percent. Merkels party CDU could only be number three with 20 percent which would be a political disaster for Merkel. In this case it could become questionable whether she is going to run as a candidate again in September of 2017, when the next nationwide elections are set to take place. #Immigration #Election 2016 #EuropeanUnion