Lessons from Germany Elections

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For the past few years, a new ritual has emerged in western politics. Whenever these nations hold an election, there rises a far-right populist party that beats all odds and emerges as the winner. Later on, people in these countries get to discuss the significance of the far-right Populist Party rise. This leaves us with one question. We ask ourselves whether populism is underperforming. Is it falling short of its expectations? Also, this trend leaves us with more questions than answers. Why are voters going to the far right? Could it be due to xenophobia or economic anxiety? Other emerging issues in western politics are whether the liberal order that had in place for maybe decaying. However, there are some of us who think that the western order is showing its resilience. This turns out focus to Germany which is the latest western country to conduct an election.

During the Sunday’s election, history was made when Alternative for Germany, which is a far-right gained enough seats meaning that it’s the largest party in the German parliament. In total, Alternative for Germany won 13 percent of the total vote. To better understand these far-right movements, it’s important you listen to their rallies before you can judge them. Reading can also serve the purpose. If you can’t do either of the two, you can speak to a social scientists. At the end of the day, you will discover the political factors that have led to the rise of these movements and why they have the power to change nations. Let’s use Germany as an example.
Falter of Mainstream Parties
The rise of AfD in Germany this week should be seen as a collapse of the mainstream political parties. In fact, these parties ended up losing over 100 seats in Bundestag. It’s also the worst loss in post era Germany. While most of the German voters opted for the AfD, there is a good number that also voted for other small parties. These were dissatisfied voters especially the ones that were participating in the process for the first time. The loss of the main parties in Germany is a trend that has been ongoing in other countries such as France and Netherlands. Cas Mudde wrote in the article of Foreign Affairs that the losses by the mainstream parties can be blamed on what he referred to undemocratic liberalism. Cas Mudde studies populism at the University of Georgia.

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