Bernd Lucke is the man who has upset the German political landscape in Sunday’s election. His anti-euro AfD party inched towards the 5 percent mark. However, the latest polls showed he may have fallen short of clinching a seat in the Bundestag.
But economics professor Lucke is aware of the significance of this small victory.
“They already know that the parties have learned that they cannot do whatever they want. Now they know that there will be opposition from the middle of the society. That there will be objection if there are parties who think that they can to whatever they want within the crusted structures of our state,” said Lucke.
The AfD has proven that Germany is not immune to the impact of the eurozone crisis, and campaigning for an end to the single currency has certainly struck a chord with some voters:
“It is a good day for Germany. Because the quality of the issues surrounding the eurozone crisis and how to overcome it, there will be right answers and the quality of discussion will be improved.”
“This means the euro that was thought of as a cement for Europe has become an explosive to European ideals.”
Our correspondent in Germany Sebastian Saam,said: “Some call the AfD the Anti-Euro-Party. It might surprise some that especially in Germany there are voters who doubt the stabilising effect of the common currency. At the AfD election party there is a feeling that now things will really start. The next goal for the party is funnily enough the European elections in six months time.”