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Frauke Petry, former AfD leader, eyes separate political group - Deutsche Welle

Petry, ex-co-chair of the far-right AfD, plans to form a new grouping at regional and federal levels. Petry, who quit the party after its election upswing last week, also worked to distance herself from Islamophobia. Frauke Petry (picture-alliance/dpa ...and more »

Angela Merkel warns against east-west division over AfD rise - Deutsche Welle

Chancellor Merkel has cautioned Germans against playing the blame game over the success of the AfD party in last week's election. Support for the far-right populists was strongest in the former communist East. An AfD campaign flag - AfD (picture ...and more »

To understand Germany today, compare it with 1968 - The Economist (blog)

IN GERMANY, as in France, America and elsewhere, 1968 is as much a shorthand as a reality. Yes, there were the crowd scenes: the sit-ins at the Free University in West Berlin and the mass protests in Bonn; the shooting of Rudi Dutschke, a student ...and more »

No-One Can Wreck Our Democracy, Schaueble Tells Germans - U.S. News & World Report

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch Reuters. BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's departing finance minister expressed optimism that ...and more »

Far-Right Gains Leave Germans Wondering, What Now? - New York Times

BERLIN — As the results of Germany's election last Sunday flashed on her television screen in the western city of Cologne, Kirsten Schindler, watched with a mixture of confusion and dismay. For the first time in decades, a far-right party, the ...and more »

Handling the Alternative for Germany - Foreign Affairs

“We will hunt her,” Alexander Gauland exclaimed to a crowd of supporters in Berlin late on September 24. “We will hunt Mrs. Merkel and whomever else. And we will take our country and our people back.” Gauland's party, the right-wing Alternative for ...and more »

Merkel's Bavarian Allies Insist on Conservative Unity Before Coalition Talks - U.S. News & World Report

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has said her conservative bloc must agree policies on immigration, pensions and healthcare before opening coalition negotiations with two ...and more »

'Nazi!' 'Stasi!': In German state where the far right won big, cozy political culture quickly turned toxic - Washington Post

MAGDEBURG, Germany — For years, debate in the parliament of this east German state capital on the banks of the Elbe flowed as languidly as the cool waters of the river on a clear autumn's day. But then, in March 2016, the far-right Alternative for ...and more »

The rise of far-right populists in Germany - Deutsche Welle

For decades Germany's industrial Ruhr region was a Social Democratic stronghold. In some districts the SPD used to win 60 percent of the votes. That vote has been cut in half, and the far-right populist AfD party has made inroads. Error loading player ...and more »

The right is rising and social democracy is dying across Europe – but why? - The Guardian

The electoral success of the far-right AfD has brought Germany into line with most other European countries, so what's behind this troubling trend? A defaced CDU campaign poster in Schmiedeberg, Germany. The graffitti reads “each fifth child = poverty ...and more »