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Germany: Berlin residents reacts to AfD's second place poll position03:44

Germany: Berlin residents reacts to AfD's second place poll position

Germany, Berlin
September 21, 2018 at 17:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

People on the streets of the German capital, Berlin, responded, on Friday, to a recent voter survey carried out by public broadcaster ARD that places the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as the second strongest in Germany.

The Deutschlandtrend poll published Friday suggests the SPD’s position as the second most popular party in Germany is in danger, with 18 percent favouring the AfD and 17 percent favouring the SPD. The poll sees the AfD leapfrog Merkel's coalition partnter when compared to the previous ARD survey carried out earlier this month.

One Berliner said he thought the rise of the AfD "isn’t a sickness, it’s a symptom.” He explained, "I believe it’s the result of over 25 years of social democracy that have offered absolutely no answer to the issues of this late capitalist phase.”

Meanwhile, another resident of the German capital expressed hope that such polls would wake people up in order to push against right-wing parties. She said, "I believe that we really need a counter-movement against this. But, regardless of how awful this is, it’s a good reminder of how we have all become a bit lazy. So there need to be more counter-protests and more political activities [against them].”

Germany: Berlin residents reacts to AfD's second place poll position03:44
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People on the streets of the German capital, Berlin, responded, on Friday, to a recent voter survey carried out by public broadcaster ARD that places the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as the second strongest in Germany.

The Deutschlandtrend poll published Friday suggests the SPD’s position as the second most popular party in Germany is in danger, with 18 percent favouring the AfD and 17 percent favouring the SPD. The poll sees the AfD leapfrog Merkel's coalition partnter when compared to the previous ARD survey carried out earlier this month.

One Berliner said he thought the rise of the AfD "isn’t a sickness, it’s a symptom.” He explained, "I believe it’s the result of over 25 years of social democracy that have offered absolutely no answer to the issues of this late capitalist phase.”

Meanwhile, another resident of the German capital expressed hope that such polls would wake people up in order to push against right-wing parties. She said, "I believe that we really need a counter-movement against this. But, regardless of how awful this is, it’s a good reminder of how we have all become a bit lazy. So there need to be more counter-protests and more political activities [against them].”

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