According to polls conducted by the EMNID institute, for Bild am Sonntag, Merkel’s CDU is sliding from its present 41,5% of seats in the Bundestag to 36%. The SPD is also losing seats, with all other parties gaining, especially the AfD, which nearly triples in size.
The poll comes at a moment when Bundeskanzler Merkel is in heavy weather after criticisms by then president-elect Trump, who blasted her stance on mass-immigration. Merkel has since struck back at the German opposition, stating that:
“right-wing groups such as the anti-Islamization PEGIDA should not have any right to choose who would get to enjoy the benefit of belonging to Germany and who would be excluded from this privilege. Distancing herself from PEGIDA followers without mentioning the name of the contentious movement in her speech, Merkel said: ‘All of us, we all are the people,’ referring to her opponents on the right who use the slogan ‘We Are the People’.“
Germany’s experience has not always been so inclusive.
In her speech, Merkel also said that human rights should never be taken for granted, but are “gifts you don’t have to work for,” something that has certainly not been lost on her critics.