Alternative for Germany


The Alternative for Germany is a German political party that is against illegal migration. It is known in German as the Alternative für Deutschland and is abbreviated AfD.[1]

Regional victory in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in September 2016

In the regional elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on 4 September 2016, the AfD overtook Angela Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands [CDU]), in number of votes. The Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands [SPD]) had 30.9% of the votes, the AfD 20.8%, and the CDU came in third with 19%. In comparison to the 2011 elections, the SPD, the CDU, the Greens, the Left Party, and the National Democratic Party of Germany all lost votes, whereas the AfD gained votes.[2]

Central Council of Jews

The Central Council of Jews in Germany issued a statement saying that the electoral success the AfD had in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern election was an "Armutszeugnis für Deutschland", an "indictment of Germany". The President of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, says that "with its [the AfD's] tactic of stirring up resentment against minorities and offering slogans instead of solutions, it [the AfD] has unfortunately had success".[3]

CSU rebrands itself as AfD light

The Christian Social Union[4] (CSU), an anomalous party that is active only in Bavaria and has traditionally worked with the CDU,[5] saw the AfD's electoral success in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as a "wake-up call".[6] It subsequently began to turn itself into an AfD light and take a hard line against political Islam.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kate Connolly (6 February 2016). "Frauke Petry: smiling face of Germany’s resurgent right". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. "SPD gewinnt in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, AfD vor CDU". 4 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. "Zentralrat der Juden nennt AfD-Erfolg 'Armutszeugnis für Deutschland'". Agence France-Presse. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  4. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. "Christian Social Union". 28 of February 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. Alex Krämer (8 September 2016). "Schärfer als die AfD". Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  7. "So verwandelt sich die CSU in eine AfD light". 2 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.