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14 December 2019 - 17 Kislev 5780 - י"ז כסלו ה' אלפים תש"פ
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First time since WWII, a far-right party in the German parliament E-mail

Jewish leaders congratulated Angela Merkel in September on her election to a fourth term as German chancellor, while decrying the rise of Germany’s newest right-wing populist party, which for the first time will enter the national parliament.

The Alternative for Germany Party, or AfD, finished third with 13.1% of the popular vote. The party, which was founded in 2013, is likely to have 94 seats in the 631-member Bundestag.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union won with what is being seen as a weak 32.9 % of the vote, followed by the Social Democratic Party, with what observers have called a poor showing of 20.8%.

Speaking to the Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, called the AfD a “party that agitates against minorities”. For now their target is Muslims, he noted.

“But I am convinced that when the topic of Muslims is no longer interesting, and it becomes politically and socially opportune to switch to another minority, they could easily do so. And I include Jews in that number,” Schuster said.

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