Merkel electoral crisis as German far-right AfD party surges in poll after Berlin attacks

Saturday, December 24, 2016
By Paul Martin

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an electoral backlash as her party loses support following the terror attack in Berlin this week.

Sat, Dec 24, 2016

Approval for the three-year-old Alternative for Germany (AfD) has increased after 12 people were killed and 48 seriously injured on Monday evening.

Anis Amri, who was killed on Friday in Milan, is suspected of carrying out the attack on a Berlin Christmas market.

Now the far right group is set to make significant gains in next year’s election after tripling its support.

Founded in April 2013, the party won 4.7 per cent of the votes in the 2013 federal election, narrowly missing the five per cent electoral threshold to sit in the Bundestag.

However in a poll published following the Christmas Market killings at the Breitscheidplatz, the AfD has surged to 15.5 per cent of the vote while Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats have dropped to 31.5 per cent.

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