GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own party is calling for a coalition with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in a bid to hold onto power.
Politicians from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) fear they could lose their grip on control of the country and one prominent member has now called on an alliance between the parties.
The worrying development could see the polarised groups join forces in a new alliance that could signal a significant step change in Mrs Merkel’s policies.
And it comes shortly after she declared a U-turn on her migration policies following a backlash over open-door attitude to immigration.
The Chancellor’s party has lost serious support in Germany leading to a massive shift to the right but in a shocking development they are now hoping to form allegiances in a bid to prevent themselves from losing power.
CDU MEP Hermann Winkler has called for a coalition between the AfD and his party.
He says that if they joined forces at both national and the federal level there could be co-operation with the right-wing populists which would effectively secure Mrs Merkel’s control of the state.
He said: “If there is a conservative majority together with the AfD, we should form a coalition with them.”
The joining forces of the far-right with the left could occur as soon as spring and just months before the national election citing recent results in Saxony-Anhalt as an example of how an alliance could help the CDU.
Mr Winkler added: “In Saxony-Anhalt that would have made sense.”
In the regional elections, the AfD came second in the elections taking 24.3 per cent of the vote.
Currently the CDU is an alliance with the SPD and Greens.
The right-wing AfD party were boosted in the recent elections as Germans flocked to the anti-immigration party.
The suggestion comes as other parties are calling on a “ceiling” of 200,000 refugees into Germany after the Chancellor opened the doors effectively to 1.1million people in the past year.
Horst Seehofer, the chief of the CDU’s sister party the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), demanded a cap should be put in place and that it should be “prescribed by law”.
The far-right has taken at least 16 per cent of the vote in the national polls marking a resurgence not seen since the Second World War.
Two weeks ago the under-fire Chancellor said the European Union must strike deals with a raft of African countries to stop economic migrants from reaching the continent.
Her plea came after she took a hammering over the country’s open door asylum policy.
Mrs Merkel has significantly changed her tune since being dealt two electoral beatings at the hands of AfD party, and now says it is critical “to prevent a repeat of the situation seen last summer”.
She said: “It’s important that we give the African countries perspectives for the future.
“We either have to let people come to us, or we have to combat the root causes of migration so that people see prospects for staying there, close to their homes.”
Political extremism and violence is rising in Germany, particularly among far-right radical groups.
Ironcially the government has warned that intends to invest more security and more investment to help integrate migrants.
In June, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said: “The domestic security agency is observing not only growing membership [of extremist groupings] but also an increasing tendency to turn to violence and brutality.”