People in Germany Vote – level 2

28-09-2017 07:00

Angela Merkel won her fourth term as German Chancellor. Her party did not get as many votes as in previous elections. This year, Merkel’s CDU (The Christian Democratic Union of Germany) lost many votes to the AfD.

The AfD stands for ‘Alternative for Germany’ and is a right-wing party. Its support increased dramatically recently. One supporter explained that this was because people were dissatisfied with Germany’s immigration policy.

There are also people who are against this party. There was an anti-AfD protest in Berlin, and people held banners which read ‘I’m feeling sick’ or ‘Don’t repeat history!’. One protester talked to the media about the AfD. He said that its politicians were Nazis.

The centre-left SDP (Social Democratic Party) had its worst post-war election result. The party received only 20% of the votes, and its leader said that it would go into opposition.

Difficult words: chancellor (German head of government), right-wing party (a part of the government that only wants to support its own country and people), dissatisfied (not happy with), policy (plans, strategy).

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