WorldThe AfD Has Just Won The Biggest Vote Share For A German Far-Right Party Since The NazisThe party came third in Sunday's election, winning 13.5% of the vote, according to exit polls.By by Rachael KrishnaBuzzFeed News Reporter and by Kassy ChoBuzzFeed News Reporter and by Julia ReinsteinBuzzFeed News ReporterReporting FromBerlin, GermanyPosted on September 24, 2017, 5:12 pmTwitterFacebookLink Alternative for Germany (AfD) — a German political party with far right–leaning views — is predicted to have gained 13.5% in Sunday's federal election. Tobias Schwarz / AFP / Getty Images The preliminary exit polls indicate that the AfD is now the third-biggest party after the Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD). dwnews @dwnews #BREAKING: German election exit polls: CDU/CSU - 32.5% SPD - 20% AfD - 13.5% FDP - 10.5% Greens - 9.5% Left party - 9% #GermanyDecides Sun Sep 24 16:00:10 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite It's the largest percentage gained by a far-right party in Germany since the Nazis' 43.91% in 1933. Weeks after that vote, Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler enacted laws that gave him plenary power. O.ang While Germany has seen numerous far-right parties following the collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945, this is the first time a far-right party has entered the German parliament since 1945. Europe Elects @EuropeElects Germany: First time since end of Nazi era in 1945, a far-right party enters the German parliament. #btw17 #AfD Sun Sep 24 16:00:03 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite After the exit polls were announced, the AfD sent out a tweet thanking Germany for its "support in recent weeks and months." Alternative für 🇩🇪 @AfD Danke 🇩🇪! Die #AfD bedankt sich sehr herzlich für Ihre Unterstützung in den letzten Wochen und Monaten! Fraktionsac… https://t.co/Ai7uuulZ1j 04:18 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite The AfD's cofounder Alexander Eberhardt Gauland said the party will "hunt" the larger parties and "change Germany." BuzzFeedNewsDE @BuzzFeedNewsDE „Wir werden Deutschland verändern.“ -Alexander Gauland, Spitzenkandidat AfD. #btw17. Sun Sep 24 16:08:02 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite And the party's chairwoman called the election result a "political earthquake." Frauke Petry @FraukePetry Das Unmögliche ist wahr geworden: 🇩🇪 erlebt ein unvegleichliches politisches Erdbeben. Packen wir es an! #TrauDichDeutschland #AfD #Btw17 * 04:15 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Chants of "We are going to take this country back" were reportedly heard at the AfD election party as supporters celebrated. Maria Byrne @byrnemaria "We are going to going to take this country back" chants crowd at AfD party as exit polls show they got 13.5% of vote Sun Sep 24 16:10:03 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Augusto Damásio @DamasioAugusto @AfD @GuidoReil GLÜCKWÜNSCHE !!! Die Nationalisten von Deutschland und Europa wachsen !!! Genug der EU! Stoppen Sie… https://t.co/cjgXA9lT5G 04:10 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "CONGRATULATIONS! The nationalists of Germany and Europe are growing! Enough of the EU! Stop immigration!" Michael Falke @Rheinjogger Die #afd ist das Gewissen unseres Landes. Danke euch #afd ! ❤️ #bundestagswahl17 04:51 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "The AfD is the conscience of our country. Thank you AfD!" längerhierlebend @ThomasM00133475 Für alle die Ihr Land lieben. Es gibt nur eine Alternative https://t.co/ZJEpzQnbn6 03:19 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "For all the love your country. There is only one alternative." People were shocked by the result. sina 🥀 @stratfxrdshero 13,5% für die AfD - keine Worte 👋🏼 #BTW2017 Sun Sep 24 16:08:32 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "13.5% for the AfD — no words." chrissi @DeliaDelGay Trump, AFD was kommt als nächstes ? 04:08 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "Trump, AfD, what comes next?" Juliane Löffler @laloeffelstiel "Die hauen uns tot. Ich bin so erschüttert". Emotionale Reaktionen aus der queeren Community zum AfD-Ergebnis.… https://t.co/0Z1ZYqWvAV Sun Sep 24 16:17:17 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "'They'll beat us dead. I'm so shocked.' Emotional reactions from the queer community about the AfD result." Many were saddened by what they felt was history repeating itself. lea @leafzk Wie kann es sein, dass die AfD, laut der Prognose, 13,5% hat? Lernt ihr denn eigentlich gar nichts aus der Vergangenheit? Alteeer #btw 04:10 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "How can it be that the AfD, according to the forecast, has gained 13.5%? Can you actually learn anything from the past?" ModelPatient🌹 @ModelPatient It's 2017. #AfD are the third largest party in German politics. Let that soak in for a second. Nazis. Germany.😢 04:27 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Dan @Kaffeekind Unterdessen bei der @AfD-Wahlparty. #BTW17 04:24 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "Meanwhile at the AfD election party." James @BrexitJames Merkel predicted 32.5% of the vote in Germany. (Theresa May got 42.4% by the way). AFD likely to get over 13%. The EU is in crisis now 04:08 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Others, however, remained optimistic. Stefan Malter @StefanMalter Okay, wir haben jetzt vier Jahre Zeit, um die AfD zu überwinden, die Demokratie zu erhalten und Menschenrechte zu verteidigen. #btw17 04:10 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite "Okay, we now have four years to overcome the AfD to keep democracy and defend human rights." France's far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has tweeted to congratulate the party on the "historic result," which she called "a new symbol of revival of the European people." Marine Le Pen @MLP_officiel Bravo à nos alliés de l’#AfD pour ce score historique ! C’est un nouveau symbole du réveil des peuples européens. MLP #BTW2017 04:34 PM - 24 Sep 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Martin Sellner, the leader of the "New Right" Identitarian Movement of Austria, also tweeted in support of the AfD. 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