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  • Anthony Leonardi

Is Support for Globalism Fading on a Global Scale?

On Sunday, September 24th, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and Christian Social Union in Bavaria won the plurality vote (32.8%). The win allows Angela Merkel to serve a fourth term as Chancellor of Germany.

Since her initial election in 2005, Merkel has presided over an economically strong Germany. Germany has become the strongest economy in Europe and possesses an unemployment rate that hovers between 3.7 and 3.9%. In 2016, Germany also overtook the United Kingdom as having the fastest-growing GDP in Europe. Knowing this, Merkel created the slogan “For a Germany in which we live well and happily” for her 2017 campaign. She campaigned on the idea of “continuity,” which turned out to be a successful strategy.

Merkel’s victory was widely anticipated, but this election revealed an unexpected political shift – one that was rooted in dissatisfaction with globalist policies.

This shift took form in the public’s support for the political party Alternative for Germany, commonly referred to as AfD. Polls predicted that the party would have support, but that it wouldn’t break 10% of the popular vote. The party ended up