German election: far-right tipped to win seats

For the first time since World War Two a far-right political party may be represented in the German national parliament.

Nationalist and traditionalist party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is predicted to gain seats for the first time in the Bundestag, in this weekend’s election in Germany.

The EU-sceptic party has consistently reached 10 per cent in recent polls, putting it in third place behind Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

The rise in popularity of further right-wing political parties and ideas, has been a trend among western countries, with terrorism and immigration being persistent issues.

Traditional? We like it. Trust yourself, Germany! – AfD campaign poster

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2017 Census puts the German born population in Australia at 124,300 people.

According to the website of the German Consulate in Sydney, expats in Australia had to submit a formal application to register for a postal vote. That vote had to be received in Germany by 6pm this Sunday.

(NOTE: Results are expected shortly after polls close. Hatch will take a look at what they mean for Germany, next week)Scott Falconer