Marine Le Pen’s euroskeptic National Rally have topped the European election vote in France, early results published Monday showed, narrowly beating the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron. National Rally, a re-branding of Le Pen’s National Front has taken 22 seats, beating Macron’s party by just one seat.
Merkel stressed that “Germany has a special interest and a special responsibility in European unity succeeding” as she voiced regret Friday at Britain’s departure, citing Europe’s 20th century history of wars.
Opinion polls in other EU countries show majorities in favour of leaving. Ominously, the British vote galvanized far-right and anti-EU movements in France and Germany, the EU’s last two remaining powers, which will have tricky national elections in 2017 due to the rise in anti-establishment sentiment.
The decade-old rivalry has been reignited by tensions over how to deal with the rise of far-right party Alternative for Germany (AFD) and Merkel’s open door refugee policy.
He called Merkel a “chancellor-dictator” to applause from the crowd and said Germany’s mainstream parties were pursuing a policy of “human flooding”, an “attempt to gradually replace the German people with a population coming from all parts of the earth”.
“Above all, the saying ‘Islam doesn’t belong in Germany’ makes it clear that populism, defamation and the promotion of prejudice persist,” he said.
Thousands of Christians in German refugee shelters are being persecuted by Muslims according to a new report, which asserts that in most cases German authorities have done nothing to protect the victims.
Crowds of people descended outside the official residence of the embattled German leader claiming they were there to protect the country’s ‘culture, identity and heritage”.
“They are excluding one religious group from the social life. Therefore, they have to be banned from the political system because you cannot deal with the enemies of the democracy by means of the democracy.”