The tightening of migration policy was announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz together with the leaders of all federal states already on Tuesday. Since the beginning of the year, 70% more people have applied for asylum in Germany than last year.
One of the reasons for this step – less than two years before the end of Scholz’s mandate – is an effort to prevent the growth of popularity on both sides of the political spectrum, which draw on the concerns of the population. After all, this has put the country’s populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in national polls as the second-strongest party in the country – ahead of all three parties in Scholz’s coalition government – and Sahra Wagenknecht’s emerging far-left Bündnis party just behind his Social Democracy .
According to Politico’s November 6th summary of the Poll of Polls of the North, the AfD would win 21% of the vote in the national election, just eight points behind the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union of Bavaria). Scholz’s SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) would finish third with a 16% gain, the other two coalition parties with even lower scores (Greens 14% and Free Democratic Party 5%). According to the Insa survey, BSW would have the support of 14% of voters.
However, Scholz and other German representatives are reacting with new harsh measures to the very increased concerns of Germans, which have grown sharply this year alone. It is also a reaction to numerous anti-Semitic incidents that conservative politicians attribute to migrants.
The October survey of the German insurance company R+V (R+V Versicherung), which has been performing for over thirty years, for the very first time demonstrated the presence of concerns about
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