It begins: AfD now second largest German party, while Merkel loses majority
A new Insa poll, for Germany’s Bild tabloid, shows how the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now the second largest party in Germany.
Two weeks after Germany narrowly escaped a coalition crisis over border checks, a new poll shows that Merkel has lost her majority in parliament. Her ‘Grand Coalition’ of CDU/CSU and SPD now polls at only 46%.
Meanwhile Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland’s AfD receives 17.5% of support, which makes them the second largest party in Germany.
Close behind is the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at 17%. The party lost 2% in a few weeks. Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance is still leading the polls with 29% of support.
Alice Weidel, co-leader of the AfD, calls her party now ‘the new people’s party’.