Tag: Alternative for Germany

German Far Right Makes Election Gains, but Falls Short of Victory

BERLIN — A far-right party made significant gains Sunday in two closely watched state elections, snapping at the heels of parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition and highlighting a growing political divide between the country’s East and West, initial returns showed. Ms. Merkel’s party and one of her coalition partners won enough support to […]

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A Summer of Angst in One of the World’s Safest Countries

BERLIN — Germany ranks in international studies as one of the safest, most peaceful countries in the world. Overall crime has declined for the better part of a decade, and statistics show that Germans have relatively few reasons to feel insecure. But don’t tell that to Germans in what has become their summer of anxiety. […]

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Bad News for Germany’s Economy Might Be Good News for the Far Right

BERLIN — Despite Germany’s 10-year economic boom, a far-right party has managed to become Germany’s main opposition in Parliament, enter every state legislature in the country and vie for first place in elections in the former Communist East next month. And now the economy is slowing. At a moment when populism is riding high in […]

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A Political Murder and Far-Right Terrorism: Germany’s New Hateful Reality

BERLIN — The death threats started in 2015, when Walter Lübcke defended the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. A regional politician for her conservative party, he would go to small towns in his district and explain that welcoming those in need was a matter of German and Christian values. Hateful emails started pouring in. […]

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The Surprising History of Nationalist Internationalism

ImageCreditMichael George Haddad The European Parliament opened in Strasbourg, France, this week to chaos. Outside, Catalan separatists protested the decision to bar their elected representatives from the chamber; inside, members of Britain’s Brexit Party turned their backs while the rest of the Parliament stood at attention for the union’s anthem, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The […]

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Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Across Europe, populists are saying that it’s not democracy they aim to discard, but liberalism. To end our series, we returned to Germany, the country at the heart of a liberal Europe, to see if the […]

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Germany’s Political Establishment Looks Fragile After E.U. Vote

BERLIN — Nontraditional and upstart political parties are threatening established, centrist parties across Europe, as returns from the European Parliament election underscored this week. Their rise is eating away at an increasingly endangered political establishment. Adding to the uncertainty is a generational divide clearly visible in the voting, in which the Greens drew significant support […]

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Will the Radical Right Break the EU?

On June 24, 2016, at the headquarters of the National Front in Nanterre, France, Marine Le Pen hosted an impromptu press conference to celebrate the result of Britain’s referendum on EU membership. “What no one had envisaged a few months ago is now a reality that must be acknowledged by all: Yes, it is possible […]

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