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It's that season again! Time for a federal election in Germany! Players who are not already Leaders or Secretary of State are invited to throw their hat in the ring to run Europe's biggest economy, and perhaps its most powerful nation! Please sign up with the following character creation template: 

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Character Name: (Your candidate's name. Must be a fictional character of your design)

Top 2 Party Choices: (See the available parties below. Please choose 2 as you may not receive your top choice.)

Campaign Platform Plans: (Use this to prove you will be able to lead the party realistically.)

Previous Job: 
Date of Birth: 
Race / Ethnicity: 
Religion: 
Wealth: 
Gender: 
Sexuality: 
Are you married?: 
How many children do you have?: 

Schedule: 

November 18 - Sign-Ups Close 

November 19 - Round 1 Campaigning Begins 

November 21 - Round 1 Campaigning Ends and Polls Are Released 

November 23 - Round 2 Campaigning Begins 

November 25 - Round 2 Campaigning Ends and Final Results Are Released 

Each turn, players will submit long-form answers to roughly five or six questions posed by the admin team. Players will be free to debate each other on each topic. Those with the most participation and the most compelling answers/rebuttals will receive boosts in polling.

There are many political parties in Germany, but, like most parliamentary systems, there are two dominant ones: one for the left, and one for the right. The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) is the main center-right party, while the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is the main center-left party. The following parties are available to players: 

German Political Parties
Party Ideology
CDU/CSU Center-Right
AfD Right to Far-Right
FDP Center to Center Right
SDP Center-Left
The Left Left to Far-Left
The Greens Center-Left

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Character Name: Wolfgang Amadeus Thaddäus Volker Reinhardt

Top 2 Party Choices: AfD CDU/CSU

Campaign Platform Plans: Support Civil Unions and make gay marriage illegal as well as ban gays from military service, massively scale back Energiewende, restrict uncontrolled expansion of wind energy, restrict immigration and deport all illegals in Germany, privatize social programs and state owned businesses

Previous Job: Author/ Local Party Leader
Date of Birth: September 11 1974 (47)
Race / Ethnicity: Caucasian 
Religion: Presbyterian  
Wealth: Upper Class
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Are you married?: Nien
How many children do you have?: Nien


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Character Name: Hans Nesslerode

Avatar: Francios Fillon

Top 2 Party Choices: FDP or CDU

Campaign Platform Plans: Privitization of the energy industry, lower taxes, get government out of marriage, tough on immigration (but accept refugees)

Previous Job: Member of the Bundestag for Rhineland-Palatinate (2005-Present)
Date of Birth: October 9th, 1960
Race / Ethnicity: German
Religion: Calvanist
Wealth: Middle Class
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Straight 
Are you married?: Yes; Lea Nesslerode (b. 1963, m. 1991)
How many children do you have?:  5- Mark (b. 1993),  Hannah (b. 1996), Luca (b. 1997), Marie (b. 1997), Emily (b. 2001)

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Character Name: (Your candidate's name. Must be a fictional character of your design) Alexander Schreber

Top 2 Party Choices: (See the available parties below. Please choose 2 as you may not receive your top choice.) AfD CDU/CSU

Campaign Platform Plans: (Use this to prove you will be able to lead the party realistically.) For the AfD we intend to take several stances that will see us at odds with the great weight of thought in the rest of Germany. We intend to veto any and all further integration into the European Union and reject the idea of a single European identity as proposed by the Junker Commission. We will examine the feasibility, practicability, and effect of reforming the Eurozone to ensure the German economy is no weighed down by certain less strong economies. We will curtail freedom of movement as a condition to any further expansion of the EU. And we will work to thaw ties between the EU and Turkey, and Germany and Russia. We will also work to end the intake of refugees and to repatriate them as soon as it is feasible to do so.

Economically we support stronger checks on immigration and the full use of our right to return EU migrants who have not been gainfully employed to the country they originated from. We will also end German participation in the Schengen Agreement to allow us to more effectively police our borders. We will cut corporation taxes and veto any EU attempt to standardise them. Socially we will overturn gay marriage in favour of civil partnerships and legislate to remove the state from church interference

For the CDU/CSU it's basically a continuation of Merkel for me with a bit more common sense on migration and a bit more social conservatism

Previous Job: Professor of Political Economy at the University of Freiburg
Date of Birth: 3rd March 1956
Race / Ethnicity: White German
Religion: Lutherian
Wealth: Upper Middle
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Straight 
Are you married?: Yes
How many children do you have?: 5


Dylan Macmillan
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Ohio

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Starting Polls:

Wolfgang Amadeus Thaddäus Volker Reinhardt @Batman - CDU/CSU - 28%

SDP -  20% 

Alexander Schreber @Macmillan - AfD - 17% 

The Greens - 17% 

Hans Nesslerode @Marmot Of the Marsh - FDP - 11% 

The Left - 7%

 

Questions: 

1) Migration has been a huge issue in Germany, especially since the Syrian refugee crisis. Growing, massive support for crackdowns on illegal immigration and faster deportations has plagued Germany's political establishment since over 1,000,000 refugees were allowed into Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel. How would your party address immigration? 

2) Climate change is recognized across Germany as not just a national, but a world, crisis. Germany has moved towards more renewable energy in the past decade, but this has not been without its problems. What will your government's energy policy be? How will you address climate change? 

3) Former President of the United States Donald Trump criticized Germany for not meeting NATO defense spending requirements. This has been a divisive issue in the country, with some saying the Bundeswehr should get a funding boost but many others opposing it. 

4) As always, the economy is on voters' minds as they head to the polls. Germany is the EU's largest economy, so naturally the Chancellorship of such a powerhouse comes with great responsibility. What will be your government's economic policy? 

Schedule Change: 

Everything on the schedule is delayed by a day, since I forgot to post this : P 

Schedule: 

November 18 - Sign-Ups Close 

November 19 - Round 1 Campaigning Begins 

November 22 - Round 1 Campaigning Ends and Polls Are Released 

November 24 - Round 2 Campaigning Begins 

November 26 - Round 2 Campaigning Ends and Final Results Are Released 

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1 hour ago, SWMissourian said:

Migration has been a huge issue in Germany, especially since the Syrian refugee crisis. Growing, massive support for crackdowns on illegal immigration and faster deportations has plagued Germany's political establishment since over 1,000,000 refugees were allowed into Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel. How would your party address immigration? 

1. "Well, firstly, I don't think the government should have the right to set a limit on the amount of assylum seekers entering the country. This is a slippery slope, and it could lead to the government using this excessive immigration power for evil rather than order. However, under any circumstance where someone entered the country without the juristiction to do so, the FDP believes that its common sense to deport these migrants. The best way to control the immigrants we take is through a comprehensive point-system. That way, we will have the most qualificatied, educated and experienced migrants contributing to our free-market. That's a win-win situation, and that's the FDP way."

1 hour ago, SWMissourian said:

Climate change is recognized across Germany as not just a national, but a world, crisis. Germany has moved towards more renewable energy in the past decade, but this has not been without its problems. What will your government's energy policy be? How will you address climate change? 

2. "One thing the FDP certainly won't do is to let the government make all of our energy decisions. It isn't the government's place to give subsidies to any energy industry, be them to the coal or renewable industries. It seems financially unstable to abandon the coal industry as so many of our politicians are trying to do. Too many germans rely on this industry for jobs, and it would be not only foolish, but also cruel and unpatriotic to leave them in the dust. However, if alternative energy naturally continues to develop within the free-market, that is absolutely fine. That doesn't mean that we won't have limits on this industry, because we certainly will; for example, we will have strict regulations on wind turbines, requiring them to be 10 times their height from all residential buildings; but any government intervention in this industry should be cut as much as possible. The government simply isn't the best institution to deal with the climate crisis; a lazziez-faire economy is."

1 hour ago, SWMissourian said:

Former President of the United States Donald Trump criticized Germany for not meeting NATO defense spending requirements. This has been a divisive issue in the country, with some saying the Bundeswehr should get a funding boost but many others opposing it. 

3. "The FDP believes that President Trump was 100% correct about this. These were the guidelines set out, and we should abide by it. Also, NATO is still very important in preserving the freedom of our Baltic allies against the scourge of Russian aggression. Any organization that protects Germany and her EU allies from said Russian agression is incredibely valuable, and we believe that spending 2% on defense is completely cost-effective when the security of our people and our allies' people is at stake." 

1 hour ago, SWMissourian said:

As always, the economy is on voters' minds as they head to the polls. Germany is the EU's largest economy, so naturally the Chancellorship of such a powerhouse comes with great responsibility. What will be your government's economic policy? 

4. "We at the FDP belive strongly in a hands-off approach when it comes to economic policy. As with the social choices of our people, the economic choices of our people shouldn't be questioned by the government and they should have no right to build the economy in their own image; that simply reeps the seeds of corruption. We also support the legalization of cannabis in our free-market, with some regulations, of course. Another priority of our party is to phase out the solidarity surcharge tax, and to lower the capital gains, individual, sales and inheritance taxes. We have seen that limited regulation of trade with our allies is optimal for German businesses, and so the FDP will continue this trend when in power."


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10 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

1) Migration has been a huge issue in Germany, especially since the Syrian refugee crisis. Growing, massive support for crackdowns on illegal immigration and faster deportations has plagued Germany's political establishment since over 1,000,000 refugees were allowed into Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel. How would your party address immigration? 

Put simply we need to put an end to open doors mass-migration, unlike the FDP who are in favour of unlimited mass-migration by the sounds of it. Chancellor Merkel was far far far too willing to let anyone come and stay in our country, use our services, and generally take advantage of the system. We need to introduce tougher standards for refugees, we need to actively examine ways to repatriate refugees when it is safe to do so, and we need to ensure that our country does not follow the example of Sweden in allowing refugees to lash out at our fellow Germans. To that end we propose that any refugee found guilty of violating the laws of Germany in the court of law should have their refugee status removed and should be extradited post haste. There will always be a place in Germany for refugees and migrants, but we must ensure that our systems are respected and our laws are obeyed otherwise we will find the German way of life destroyed.

10 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

2) Climate change is recognized across Germany as not just a national, but a world, crisis. Germany has moved towards more renewable energy in the past decade, but this has not been without its problems. What will your government's energy policy be? How will you address climate change? 

Climate Change is a very real issue facing our nation but the left believe that we must castrate our economy to solve it, no no no. We could waste hundreds of billions of Euros every five minutes to try and make sure that my toaster has solar panels and that my car runs of hamster power rather than petrol but at the end of the day that sort of thinking will not win over the hearts and minds of the German people. To fix climate change we must invest in reliable energy, not wind or solar (both of which fail on a daily basis when the wind drops or it's night time) but nuclear, tidal, and river energy. These types of energy are 100% reliable, 100% clean, and 100% safe, in short they are the precise type of energy that we need as a nation. But beyond that we must look at the broader geopolitical picture, we must use economic means to encourage the US, China, India, and the rest of the developing World to decarbonise their economies. Germany must not be left behind because we are trying to do the right thing at the end of the day.

11 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

3) Former President of the United States Donald Trump criticized Germany for not meeting NATO defense spending requirements. This has been a divisive issue in the country, with some saying the Bundeswehr should get a funding boost but many others opposing it. 

Simply put I agree with President Trump, we have underspent on defence and we have left our own country high and dry on the issue of defence. I reject wholeheartedly the idea that we must integrate our national defence with the European Union, Germany's defence is best handled as a part of NATO, but we must spend more and become a more active force on the World Stage, or rather more capable on the World Stage. Germany is a proud nation and we must be able to stand on our own two feet, to borrow a phrase we must make Germany Great Again, we must earn our place back at the top table of global affairs, and one part of that is by becoming a key player in international diplomacy and defence.

11 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

4) As always, the economy is on voters' minds as they head to the polls. Germany is the EU's largest economy, so naturally the Chancellorship of such a powerhouse comes with great responsibility. What will be your government's economic policy? 

AfD believes passionately in an economy that works for Germany. Our economy is being weighed down by lesser economies such as Greece and Italy, tied down by excessive debt and poor management we simply should not be in a currency union with these states. As Chancellor I would examine the Euro very closely and work to tighten rules on eligibility for membership and seek to impose tougher conditions on states that are already involved. We simply cannot allow countries to continue to take advantage of the strength of our economy and reputation, borrow at exceptionally low interest rates, and then fail to pay it back promptly. That damages our reputation thus damaging our ability to do business on the global stage. But beyond that AfD will work to cut taxes where possible and continue to invest in German productivity so that we can outperform comparable economies and continue to build a world-class country that works for all Germans.


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On 11/19/2019 at 7:47 PM, SWMissourian said:

1) Migration has been a huge issue in Germany, especially since the Syrian refugee crisis. Growing, massive support for crackdowns on illegal immigration and faster deportations has plagued Germany's political establishment since over 1,000,000 refugees were allowed into Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel. How would your party address immigration? 

Chancellor Merkel failed the German people by allowing anyone to come into German unvetted and we have seen the results crime and mass killings have sky rocketed. This problem however can be fixed and the CDU/CSU will rectify this situation by doing the following, first we will work with our allies in America, the UK, and others in the EU to ensure asylum seekers from Syria will have a safe place to go aside from Germany so that we are not being over run with immigrants, we will also create a task force to hunt down immigrants and refugees who have committed crimes and send them back to safe zones within their countries, and finally we will be revisiting how to make our immigration system so that those who are law abiding citizens are free to enter with open arms where as criminals and those who would do harm to our citizens never get the chance to even look at our borders.

On 11/20/2019 at 7:50 AM, Macmillan said:
  On 11/19/2019 at 7:47 PM, SWMissourian said:

2) Climate change is recognized across Germany as not just a national, but a world, crisis. Germany has moved towards more renewable energy in the past decade, but this has not been without its problems. What will your government's energy policy be? How will you address climate change? 

This is an issue the CDU/CSU has lead the way on since we took office in 2005 finding new and innovative ways to make Germany a power house on combating climate change, and we did this without stifling the economy, as a matter of fact we have done it in cooperation with German industries and have seen massive dividends as a result. We are going to continue to partner with all industries in Germany in order to combat this, continue to push for new innovative solutions continue researching all alternative forms of energy. But Germany cannot act alone we must also work with the US, Russia, China, and the UK in order to create a real serious effort too combat climate change and on day 1 I will be calling the leaders of each of those countries to discuss how we plan to come together to solve this crisis.

 

On 11/20/2019 at 7:50 AM, Macmillan said:
On 11/19/2019 at 7:47 PM, SWMissourian said:

3) Former President of the United States Donald Trump criticized Germany for not meeting NATO defense spending requirements. This has been a divisive issue in the country, with some saying the Bundeswehr should get a funding boost but many others opposing it. 

 

I in part agree with former President Trump and the AfD on this issue we have not been meeting our Nato requirements primarily because our money and resources have been going to ensure a stronger and safer Europe and EU, as such I believe we need to talk with the members of NATO in order to reduce our defense spending requirements in NATO in order to fully be dedicated to the EU and the EU's mission. Now as far as to say Germany is not a powerhouse on the world stage is simple wrong we have stopped and reduced Russia's influence in Europe, we have seen to some of the strongest trade agreements in the world, we are helping our friends in Greece  and Italy get their economy back in order and we are working vigilantly to ensure Europe remains strong and fully intact thanks to our leadership role in the EU. Without German influence in the EU Europe would be a far far worse place then it is today with countries constantly harping over old grudges and scores to settle instead because of German Leadership in the EU Europe is safer and more secure then any point in it's history.

On 11/20/2019 at 7:50 AM, Macmillan said:
On 11/19/2019 at 7:47 PM, SWMissourian said:

4) As always, the economy is on voters' minds as they head to the polls. Germany is the EU's largest economy, so naturally the Chancellorship of such a powerhouse comes with great responsibility. What will be your government's economic policy? 

 

Under Chancellor Merkel the German economy has never been stronger we will continue her policy of allowing the industries not the government to provide jobs and grow the economy, to that end we will be looking to privatize companies that have been state owned enterprises since the recession of 2008 companies like Deutsche Bahn, Air bus, Rag AG, and Evonik Industries creating more private sector growth and jobs. We will also continue to promote incentives for industries to begin to modernize and "go green" in order to better deal with the climate change crisis, and have 3 year tax break incentives for companies to open in lower income areas.


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The Charismatic Socialist Savior of 'Murica

Secretary of Defense Armatage Shawshank

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Polling: 

1. CDU/CSU - 29% 

2. AfD - 28% 

3. The Greens - 16% 

4. FDP - 14%

5. SPD - 10% 

6. The Left - 3%

Short Analysis: 

The CDU/CSU benefits from a good German economy, as their Chancellor currently hold the office. Additionally, strong traditional and institutional support has helped keep their numbers high. Their new leader assured voters that the CDU/CSU had a plan for climate change, touting notable strides in green energy on Merkel, which also boosts their support. However, his position that military spending requirements should be reduced doesn't sit well with conservative CDU voters, who strongly favor boosting spending. Other long-standing CDU voters are unimpressed with him throwing Chancellor Merkel under the bus on immigration, while still others favor more extreme immigration policy promised by other parties. 

The AfD benefits from great dissatisfaction with German immigration law. Many voters blame the bigger CDU/CSU and SPD for the situation, and they're turning to the AfD, which promises radical changes that most Germans can understand and many can get behind. Their leader, Alexander Schreber, did a great job pitching his party to the German people, despite its more controversial and radical elements. Those elements hold back few voters these days as immigration and other issues come to the forefront that many Germans don't trust the traditional biggest two parties to handle. The euroskeptic, free market pitch of Schreber's appeals to many Germans these days, and his stance on climate change is satisfactory for some, but those who feel more strongly about the issue are more likely to vote CDU or the Greens so far. 

The FDP benefits greatly among libertarian-leaning voters, but they're held back by a couple of things. Nesslerode's immigration and climate policy are unpopular among Germans who want the government to do something now, especially on immigration. So while the party has seen growth in its support, some analysts think it has hit a wall where it can grow no more without some radical changes in its platform. 

 


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R2 Questions: 

  1.  There are some rumors that Russia is attempting to influence the election in much the same way they tried to influence the 2016 US Election. While accusations of Russian helping what party vary based on who you ask, it is becoming an issue for many Germans. This highlights foreign policy in the debate between leaders vying for the Chancellorship. Do you think Russia is meddling in this election? What will be your approach to foreign policy in general, and Russia specifically? 
  2. Ever since the reunification of Germany decades ago, a social and wealth divide has persisted between the former East and West Germany. What does your party plan to do to ease and/or bridge this divide? 
  3. Many countries have movements to leave the European Union. Would your party support a referendum to leave? Would your party support leaving at all? If not, what will be your approach to EU politics? 
  4. This isn't a question, but feel free to expand on the previous round's questions or attack fellow candidates here. 
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9 hours ago, SWMissourian said:
  •  There are some rumors that Russia is attempting to influence the election in much the same way they tried to influence the 2016 US Election. While accusations of Russian helping what party vary based on who you ask, it is becoming an issue for many Germans. This highlights foreign policy in the debate between leaders vying for the Chancellorship. Do you think Russia is meddling in this election? What will be your approach to foreign policy in general, and Russia specifically? 

Thanks to the work of the EU, Chancellor Merkel, and the CDU/CSU lead Bundestag in working on election security our election process is secure and the election result will be fair and reflective of our people. That does not however mean Russia won't try to influence our elections influence it to elect people like they did in the US and the UK, and Italy, who want to get Germany out of the EU, who are hyper nationalists, who want to shut off the German borders, and who have elements in their party who are skeptical about climate change, but the German people are too smart for their ploys and games which is why I am confident that why they will try to get people who fit the description I gave elected they will fail and the German election system will remain in tact, and after the election should we discover Russia has even thought about meddling in this election it shall be viewed as an unprovoked act of aggression the result of which shall involve embargos, sanctions, the expelling of Russian diplomats in Germany, the end of diplomatic relations between our countries, and whatever else is necessary to show Russia Germany and the people of Europe are not afraid of them and we won't be bullied.

My foreign policy shall be focused around keeping Europe safe, free, and prosperous, and ensuring human rights around the world are respected. I will work with our ally to ensure those whose voices are not heard and those peoples who are down trodden finally have leaders and people like them willing to fight for their rights to education, to clean air and water, to food, to security, and to choose their representatives. 

9 hours ago, SWMissourian said:
  • Ever since the reunification of Germany decades ago, a social and wealth divide has persisted between the former East and West Germany. What does your party plan to do to ease and/or bridge this divide? 

The revitalization of the former USSR controlled territories is my number 2 priority right behind fixing our immigration crisis. This is more then a political agenda item for me it's personal my parents both grew up and still live in Eastern Germany in the city of Dresden they lived through the Soviet occupation, I was born and raised in Dresden and know first hand the aftermath of that occupation. But the CDU/CSU has a plan to help our friends and neighbors through revitalization old soviet era houses and buildings, fixing old crumbling roads and bridges, creating new parks, giving businesses incentives to move to East Germany and ensuring that workers wages continue to raise at livable wages.  But this project will not succeed if we do not also understand that there is a very distinct and unique culture in Eastern Germany which is why I will make sure people like my parents who have grown up and lived in Eastern Germany all their lives will ensure their cultures and heritages are protected and preserved in for future generations even while we modernize Eastern Germany.

9 hours ago, SWMissourian said:
  • Many countries have movements to leave the European Union. Would your party support a referendum to leave? Would your party support leaving at all? If not, what will be your approach to EU politics? 

The CDU/CSU is committed to a safe, free, and prosperous Europe the only way that happens is with the EU which is why we will not now nor ever support a referendum to leave the EU, nor will we ever support leaving the EU. The EU is vital to regional security and to ensuring all countries receive a fair shake and no one's voice is ignored at the table, and because the EU has done that we saw Italexit fail under a fractured eurosceptic alliance, Britan now reconsidering whether Brexit was really the right move and countless others standing by the EU as without the EU europes security, freedom from tyranny and prosperity are all at-risk.

 

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On 11/23/2019 at 2:41 PM, SWMissourian said:

 There are some rumors that Russia is attempting to influence the election in much the same way they tried to influence the 2016 US Election. While accusations of Russian helping what party vary based on who you ask, it is becoming an issue for many Germans. This highlights foreign policy in the debate between leaders vying for the Chancellorship. Do you think Russia is meddling in this election? What will be your approach to foreign policy in general, and Russia specifically? 

We need to thaw relations with Russia as a matter of course, like it or not they are major players on the world stage and if we do not take steps to facilitate a dialogue between the first and second worlds we will see ourselves back in the Cold War, we also happen to get a lot of our gas and power from Russia as well for what it is worth. But in answer to your questions yes we do need to take steps to ensure our voting system is free and fair, we need to tighten restrictions around postal voting so that only the old, infirm, sick, or genuinely absent can use it, we need to tighten up voter ID laws so that only a driving license or passport qualifies and so that you must bring your polling card with you to prove that you are entitled to vote.

In terms of foreign policy I do favour strong ties with all our neighbours, that doesn't mean becoming subservient to one group or another whether that be Europe, America, or Russia, it means restoring German pride and our place at the top table of world affairs. I want to expand and properly fund the Bundeswehr so that we are able to play a part in global security. We need to restore our 2% of GDP military link under NATO. German pride has been in retreat for decades, we need to show the people and the World that it is possible to take pride in the fatherland and to want Germany to be a world power without those ambitions becoming more sinister.

On Russia as I said I want to facilitate Russia's return to the international fold, moving away from pariah status. However if this is unfeasible we will have to work out a new strategy with our friends and allies in NATO.

On 11/23/2019 at 2:41 PM, SWMissourian said:

Ever since the reunification of Germany decades ago, a social and wealth divide has persisted between the former East and West Germany. What does your party plan to do to ease and/or bridge this divide? 

A lot of pour problems here are problems of our own making, we in AfD would love to help East Germany reach its full potential but the truth of the matter is that we are restrained by EU rules on state aid, on taxation, and on competition. Not all of Germany's problems begin in the EU but a lot of them do seem to have at least a tangential aspect to them. At the end of the day East Germany needs protection, subsidy, and investment. As Chancellor I will fight for these things because I believe that all Germans deserve the best life as part of the fatherland. We will invest in East German infrastructure, we will cut taxes for firms that invest in East Germany, we will protect East German industry. All of these measures, temporary as they will be, will be essential to catching East Germany up with the rest of Germany and we will so them no matter what.

On 11/23/2019 at 2:41 PM, SWMissourian said:

Many countries have movements to leave the European Union. Would your party support a referendum to leave? Would your party support leaving at all? If not, what will be your approach to EU politics? 

Chancellor Merkel did not have a clue when it came to the EU and the CDU/CSU seem to be doubling down on the same old failed and tired lines. The migrant crisis happened because we allowed unlimited free-movement and threw open our doors to allow everybody in, this happened because we are a part of the Schengen Treaty and Area. When Greece, Italy, Ireland, and many other countries got into major economic difficulty Germany had to foot the bill and pay for their stabilisation because we are in the Euro and their poor performance gives us economic issues. Now the remedy for these situations is different. We need to withdraw from the Schengen Area and put border posts up so we can police who is coming and who is going in accordance with German and EU law, we also need to make perfectly clear that Germany will not be taking another million refugees. On the Euro we need to ensure that we keep a more watchful eye on proceedings, make sure that everyone plays by the rules and throw people out who either don't or who threaten the safety and prosperity of other members.

On the specific point of leaving the EU as a whole, we do not believe that now is the right time to ask that question but if the public want to leave we shall of course facilitate their wishes.


Dylan Macmillan
GOP
Ohio

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Election Day Eve Polling: 

1. AfD - 31% 

2. CDU/CSU - 30%

3. The Greens - 18% 

4. FDP - 11%

5. SPD - 10% 

6. The Left - 1%

Analysis: 

In a stunning twist, the AfD party has continued its dramatic rise in politics, now polling an average of slightly above the power CDU/CSU party! Most polls, however, show the two in a statistical tie nationwide, but the AfD holds an advantage in East Germany and parts of Southern Germany, even making inroads in the CSU homeland of Bavaria. Many commentators and analysts predict an AfD Chancellorship, but others maintain that the CDU will stay in power due to advantages like incumbency and partisan tradition. 


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Election Day Final Results: 

1. AfD - 34% 

2. CDU/CSU - 28%

3. The Greens - 17% 

4. FDP - 10%

5. SPD - 10% 

6. The Left - 1% 

 

With the Alternative for Germany party as the decisive victor, the new Chancellor of Germany is Alexander Schreber @Macmillan

The makeup of the Bundestag is as follows: 

AfD - 221

CDU/CSU - 182 

The Greens - 111 

FDP - 65 

SPD - 65 

The Left - 6

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