- Title: Far-right AfD sees silver lining in weak result: Merkel is out
- Date: 26th September 2021
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 26, 2021) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY (AFD) TOP CANDIDATE AND CO-LEADER, TINO CHRUPALLA AND DEPUTY PARTY HEAD BEATRIX VON STORCH LISTENING TO RESULTS / MAKING FACES AS CDU GETS BAD RESULT / CLAPPING AS THEY HEAR THEIR RESULT VON STORCH AND CHRUPALLA LAUGHING VARIOUS OF VON STORCH AND CHRUPALLA LISTENING TO RESULTS / INCLUDING BERLIN RESULTS AFD PARTY REPRESENTATIVES AND SUPPORTERS IN VENUE AFD CO-LEADER, JOERG MEUTHEN WITH HIS WIFE VON STORCH AND CHRUPALLA LISTENING TO TELEVISION BROADCAST/ AFD PARLIAMENTARY FLOOR LEADER, ALEXANDER GAULAND (WEARING MASK) TALKING TO CHRUPALLA WIDE OF VON STORCH AND CHRUPALLA SURROUNDED BY PARTY MEMBERS AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES GAULAND CHRUPALLA WALKING UP TO PODIUM MEUTHEN TALKING TO MAN (SOUNDBITE) (German) AFD TOP CANDIDATE AND CO-LEADER, TINO CHRUPALLA, SAYING: "We have achieved a strong result in Germany and I am proud of that and we can be proud of what we showed! We came to show that we were staying my friends and we have proven that today." PEOPLE APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (German) AFD TOP CANDIDATE AND CO-LEADER, TINO CHRUPALLA, SAYING: "I think that with our election campaign slogan 'Germany. But Normal' we focused on the right theme and this evening we will look into how we can further build on the result. We have seen that we have a strong base electorate in Germany that we can build on and we will look into why we lost possible voters as we will also have to address this with some self-criticism. The rest of the evening will show why we lost voters but all in all we have to say that when we look at the results of the Union (CDU/CSU) and the Greens, we see that the Union has been punished for 16 years of Merkel and they deserved it and that is a success." SUPPORTERS APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (German) AFD TOP CANDIDATE AND CO-LEADER, TINO CHRUPALLA, SAYING: "15 % If we had been given the same media attention in Germany then we would have got 20 % you have to say that too. And so I say again, I am proud of this result. We will see what happens over the next days and what the rest of the evening shows and I think we can build on that. Many thanks to our voters and our German core voters. We have consolidated ourselves in Germany and I am proud of this and you can be proud of yourselves." MEUTHEN TAKES OVER STAGE SUPPORTERS CLAPPING
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- Keywords: AfD Angela Merkel German election German election results exit polls
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWCUDL3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Germany's hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) were on track to win 11% of the vote in Germany's national election on Sunday (September 26) a drop in support since the last election.
AfD leaders put on a brave face after projected election results showed support for party dropping. The party failed to improve on the 12.6% it secured four years ago, settling instead on 10-11%.
But its leaders said they rejoiced in seeing Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives slump to their worst-ever result and said the party was here to stay.
"We have achieved a strong result in Germany and I am proud of that and we can be proud of what we showed! We came to show that we were staying my friends and we have proven that today," AfD top candidate and co-leader Tino Chrupalla told supporters and party members who had gathered in a Berlin restaurant.
The AfD has been weakened by an internal power struggle between co-leader Joerg Meuthen who wants to purge the party of members with suspected links to neo-Nazi groups and a more nationalist camp that sees no need for action.
Its opposition to lockdowns and distancing rules during the pandemic have also put off voters, pollsters said before the election.
The AfD stormed into the national parliament for the first time in 2017 buoyed by voters angry with Merkel's 2015 decision to welcome almost one million asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa.
It is shunned by all mainstream political parties, which accuse it of fostering divisions through verbal attacks on Muslims and migrants. The AfD has denied harbouring racist views.
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