By Damian Wilson, a UK journalist, ex-Fleet Street editor, financial industry consultant and political communications special advisor in the UK and EU.
A leading figure in Alternative for Germany, tipped for victory in a German election this week, Gunnar Beck is attacking the EU’s ‘deeply dangerous’ migration pact before it’s enacted under cover of a feelgood summer.
As Germany’s ‘super election year’ focuses on the state of Saxony-Anhalt this Sunday, the disruptors in the nation’s biggest opposition party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), are poised for a shock win as its anti-immigration message resonates in the heartlands of former East Germany.
Sitting top of the most recent INSA opinion poll with 26% and having just announced its two lead candidates for September’s federal elections – both supporters of a hard line on immigration – AfD is not about to soften its message.
Germany (Saxony-Anhalt regional election), INSA poll:— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 26, 2021
AfD-ID: 26% (+2)
CDU-EPP: 25% (-1)
GRÜNE-G/EFA: 11% (-1)
FDP-RE: 8% (+2)
+/- vs. 20-27 Apr
Fieldwork: 17-23 May 2021
Sample size: 1,000
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