0544 GMT February 18, 2019
Almost no political expert could have ever predicted that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) would be able to win 12.6 percent of the vote in last week’s parliamentary elections.
The result of the elections seems to have added new challenges to Germany which is considered the largest economy in Europe.
Matthias Muller, Volkswagen’s chief, described the AfD as “extreme right and anti-foreigner”, and its success as “shocking”.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier also voiced serious concern about the prolongation of establishing a coalition government.
Besides, the victory of the German far-right party has drawn various reactions from across the globe.
Such reactions stem from concerns about a rise of instability in European political arena.
Presently, far-right and extremist groups are walking on air.
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen has hailed the victory of her counterparts in Germany. This comes as the expulsion of migrants from Europe has always been the first goal of far-right parties across the Green Continent.
The mission of Angela Merkel, Europe’s Iron Lady, besides facing economic and political challenges, is also thwarting the threats that far-right groups could pose to the country and the continent.
Hossein Ziaei is a journalist*