Germany: CDU/CSU leaders speak out after AfD’s electoral success

Members of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) parties reacted to the first German federal election exit poll results in Berlin on Tuesday. The CSU's new chairman and former transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said CDU/CSU would need to improve cooperation within the coalition before talking to potential partners. Dobrindt spoke alongside Volker Kauder who was... Еще re-elected as the CDU's parliamentary group leader with 77.3 percent of the vote which went down from the over 90 percent he had steadily received since 2005. The politicians also pledged to address Alternative for Germany (AfD) supporters' concerns echoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's previous statements. CSU leader Horst Seehofer has reportedly claimed that the AfD gained votes because the CDU/CSU parties «left open its right flank.» The exit poll result revealed the CDU/CSU at 32.5 percent of the vote, the SPD at 20 percent and the AfD in third place with 13.5 percent. The result gives AfD access to the German parliament for the first time.

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