German election should prompt rethink on immigration policy: Polish interior minister
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has said he hopes the weaker than expected election result of the CDU/CSU coalition will prompt German Chancellor Angela Merkel to learn her lesson from opening national borders to a wave of refugees.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA/CARSTEN KOALL
Projections showed that Chancellor Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but indicated she would have to build a possibly tricky coalition after her conservatives lost support amid a surge by the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Błaszczak told Polish state broadcaster TVP on Sunday evening: “The high, 13% support for the AfD party shows that if only common sense wins out, this policy (on migrants) should change. But we can’t be certain this will happen of course.”
The AfD was on track to win over 13 percent of the vote, more than what polls had predicted. It looked set to become the first far-right party to enter the German parliament since the 1950s.