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The most recent German elections spoke eloquently of the work and dedication of Angela Merkel, a woman leader, elected to lead her country after having served three terms in the same capacity.
Chancellor Merkel had to surmount negativisms on the refugee policy voiced by her closest competitor, Martin Schulz, (accompanied by his exponents) representing center-left Social Democrats.
Instead of Merkel's fight for marriage equality becoming the chancellor's disadvantage, it proved how the issue was one that proved the opposite: large numbers of the electorate formidably brought out their say in voting to retain Merkel.
Just like her contemporaries in Europe, Merkel put up a struggle to contain what was identified as "surging far-right sentiments among her people," when she had to face the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany, or AfD, a new political party.
Flashback to Year 2015, when Merkel made the decision to "allow virtually uncontrolled immigration into her country." There was a mass exodus from Syria and other crisis-countries which was vigorously condemned by AfD supporters who loudly stated their "fear of a loss of German identity."
At the height of their political campaign, the AfD followers, as reported by the polls, were rated as gaining 15 percent of the proclaimed population figures of Germany.
The Merkel approach adopted a policy to deport the category of "denied asylum seekers." It illustrated how it opposed a deal made by AfD with Turkey, clearly, defined as a more hardline approach to those who entertained the thought of accommodating more refugees.
Thus, AfD's extreme right-wing views were considered as "unpalatable" to the average German voter.
What came to define the electorate's views as reported by Germany's Financial Times, was the reality of the effects of populism in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Germans, known for being "politically conscious," did not hesitate to side with "mainstays," as Merkel's record of service became her main governance tool.
Observers of the state of politics in Germany were known to favor the Merkel decision not to close the border to be a 'major humanitarian gesture.'
The ascent of populist parties in Germany and elsewhere, per geopolitical analysts, is not based on economics alone.
What comes as a raison d'etre re the role of rising political groups therefore, is less about economics, than it is about social anxieties.
Inequality has not been on the rise.
What is being translated is a common theme: there is an inevitable rise of all kinds of political parties across the Western world motivated by immigration.
Facts and figures become serious issues for the West to factor in immigration.
Analysts coming from their various research studies on geopolitics show how centrist parties might tend to recognize immigration, by citing the U.S.
For example, in 1970, foreign-born immigrants to the U.S. made up an approximately 4.5 percent of the population. Today's immigration figures show close to 13.5 percent, thus illustrating the dramatic shift.
In view of the rise in immigration, U.S.political parties on the center right and center left should be willing to have a discussion that should never commence with the assumption that a concern about immigration is automatically one which implies racism.
Yet, President Trump has been noted as focused on figuring out a way to capitalize on what he referred to as "the resentment that an older, whiter population feels about a changing country."
Isn't the aforesaid Trump interpretation a way to ward off further immigration from other countries whose nationals have already qualified to enter these shores legally?
Obviously, Trumpism has discounted what the U.S. is about.
The United States morphed into a nation of immigrants, they who came from their original homes in quest of a land where they could call it one that would represent their new horizons, where they could prove their worth as future citizens of a great nation.
In semblance of what immigrants mean to Germany, Joachim Stamp, the country's minister for refugees and integration in the North state of Westphalia said: "That is something that we can view positively, but it must also be clear that people don't automatically embark on a life of bliss the moment they touch German soil."
Interpreting the same opinion of the aforementioned German official, it does not indicate how "automatic" and how a "life of bliss" is anticipated by refugees. A great many of them are concerned with what they can do in a newly-found land where they can contribute their skills to its generosity.

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