GERMAN voters turned to the far right in droves yesterday

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GERMAN voters turned to the far right in droves yesterday
« on: March 14, 2016, 10:47:18 PM »
GERMAN voters turned to the far right in droves yesterday in a damning verdict on Angela Merkel's open door border policy.

In regional elections she was humiliated by the anti-immigrant AfD - Alternative for Germany - party.

Formed just three years ago, it has surged in popularity following Mrs Merkel's decision to roll out the red carpet for more than a million migrants. Frauke Petry, who leads the Eurosceptic party, has suggested German border guards should open fire on illegal immigrants.

Analysts said the regional poll - in which Mrs Merkel's ruling Christian Democrats lost two out of three states - was a worst case scenario' for the embattled chancellor ahead of a general election next year.

The timing made it a virtual referendum on Germany's refugee policy. It will also be seen as an indictment of the failure of Europe's ruling classes to acknowledge the public's fears about migration. (...)

Mrs Merkel, who has failed to win support for a Europe-wide quota system to share out refugees, last week masterminded a deal for Turkey to take back migrants landing in Greece.

In return, Ankara would be handed up to £3.9billion, EU countries would accept quotas of Syrian refugees from Turkey and all 75million Turkish citizens would be allowed visa-free travel around continental Europe.

On Thursday Mrs Merkel insisted that imposing a limit on refugee numbers was a short-term pseudo-solution' and that only a concerted European approach' would bring down numbers.

Germany has attempted to return economic migrants to safe' countries such as Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro but still risks being overwhelmed. (...)

This suggests middle-class voters are deserting the Christian Democrats and other establishment parties.

Baden-Württemberg, which is home to Porsche and Daimler, was won by the Green Party. Mrs Merkel's CDU lost a large slice of its vote in its former stronghold, plunging to a historic low of 27 per cent.

AfD has seats in five regional parliaments and in the European Parliament. But its huge gains on Super Sunday' will reinforce fears that Germany is shifting to the right after decades of middle-of-the-road consensus politics following the Nazi period.

The tabloid Bild newspaper ran the headline yesterday AfD shocks Germany!'. (...)

The publication of an outline of the migrant deal has raised concerns in the UK that it represents a step toward Turkish membership of the EU.

However George Osborne insisted yesterday that the Government would prevent Turks moving to Britain.

We have a veto over whether Turkey joins or not,' the Chancellor told the BBC. We can set conditions and we have made it absolutely clear that we will not accept new member states to the European Union and give them unfettered free movement of people unless their economies are much closer in size and prosperity to ours.

I don't frankly think Turkish accession is on the cards any time soon. We could, if we wanted to, veto it as other countries could.'

Last week Iain Duncan Smith, a Brexit-backing Tory cabinet minister, warned that the silencing of debate on immigration had been terrible for the British people'.

Around 110,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in the first seven weeks of this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Last year it took from January until July to reach that figure.

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