A SILVER LINING has been revealed from the horrific Islamic truck jihad attack in Berlin that killed 12 and wounded 48

Angela Merkel is being punished for her open-door Muslim invader policy as backing for the German chancellor’s CDU party crumbles amid surge in support for the anti-Islamization Alternative for Germany (AFD) Party.

The “Iron Chancellor” may be facing the biggest challenge of her political career – German public opinion has shifted on the country’s welcoming to the hundreds of thousands of refugees moving up from south-eastern Europe towards their country. 

How does a party of economists and businessmen transform into a party of new voters bashing Islam? Republican elites wringing their hands over Donald Trump who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States—aren’t the only ones asking that.

The founders of Germany’s “Alternative for Germany” (AfD), after racking up historic gains in regional elections in March, the party adopted a new manifesto insisting that “Islam is not part of Germany.” 

UK Daily Mail  With 434,019 members at the end of last month the CDU has now slipped behind the social democrats with 13,000 people tearing up their party cards this year. Many of them switched to the hard-right anti-Muslim immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD).

The news was a little better for the centre left SPD which rules Germany as the junior partner in a coalition led by the CDU.  It has shed 9,000 members this year as a result of underwriting the migrant influx which brought with it terror and death to the country.

But when Donald Trump won the American election, and as support for extremism in the form of the AfD and neo-Nazis continues to rise (NOTE: “extremism” here is media speak for “patriotism” and “neo-Nazism” is media speak for “cultural survival”), the party has been making up ground with 2,000 new members attracted in November alone.

It now boasts more members than Mrs. Merkel’s party nine months before Germany goes to the polls in a general election in which she will seek a fourth term in office.

The AfD has capitalized enormously on the problems that the illegal alien Muslim influx has created in the country with more than one million last year alone. ‘Their enormous popularity lies with the policy failures of the old parties and the large vacuum that created,’ said AfD’s executive board member Georg Pazderski.

A new poll taken by the Forsa research group for Stern magazine showed 28% of respondents believing Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy was ‘jointly responsib le’ for the Berlin Christmas market attack on December 19 which killed 12 and injured 48.

And three quarters of all citizens – 76% – assume that the Muslim terror threat and the security situation in Germany will play an ‘important role’ in the general election. A total of 67% of respondents said they believed a debate on the subject of internal security during the election campaign would harm rather than help the chancellor.

The AfD, which trounced the chancellor in several key regional elections in 2016, is looking to gain seats in the national parliament for the first time next year.

But it is unlikely to get into power: the established parties look set to win again and have ruled out doing any deals that would give Germany’s first hard-right political parts since 1945 any say in governing the country. (That will quickly change with the next Islamic terror attacks in Germany)

Muslims in Berlin celebrate Berlin terror attack.