German elections: Far-right AfD party enters Bundestag in shock election results

Alternative for Germany enters the Bundestag in shock election results

The results have been hailed as a 'political earthquake'

Monday, September 25, 2017

The results of the German election have seen a far-right party enter the country's Parliament for the first time since reunification.

Angela Merkel and her coalition party, consisting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU), won the lion's share of the vote, ensuring Merkel remains as chancellor. 

However, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has made headlines by coming in third with 13.5%, ensuring they will enter the German Parliament. 

Under the German voting system, a threshold of 5% is required to win seats in the Bundestag.

Georg Pazderski, the chairman of the party unit in Berlin, hailed the result as a "political earthquake" in an interview with CNBC, saying a new "conservative-liberal" group would be right beside the coalition in a seat of power. 

He insisted this would lead to a change in Germany's policy. 

The result has prompted concerns of a right-wing shift in Germany, but Pazderski has insisted in the past his party does not deserve this label. 

The AfD ran a campaign with the key electoral themes focusing on immigration control, leaving the euro, and tightened internal security. 

The party has provoked scandal before, notably with images on the website insisting Islam is not compatible with Germany.