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Antisemitism in the “Alternative for Germany” Party

Samuel Salzborn

The relatively new party known as the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) and its relationship to right-wing extremism has been the subject of a great deal of intensive discussion among political and social scientists

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The Alternative for Germany from Breakthrough toward Consolidation?

A Comparative Perspective on Its Organizational Development

E. Gene Frankland

-first century new challengers of the established five party system of moderate pluralism have emerged: the Pirates (Piratenpartei) and the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD). These newcomers were not launched as ideological fringe

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Germany's Secret Service Investigates the Alternative for Germany

Thomas Klikauer and Kathleen Webb Tunney

observation of the AfD can be said to remain unavoidable. Notes 1 Thomas Klikauer, “Germany's New Right-wing - Populist Party—the Alternative for Germany,” Czech Journal of Political Science 25, no. 3 (2018): 250-269. 2 Personal Email

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The “Alternative for Germany”

Factors Behind its Emergence and Profile of a New Right-wing Populist Party

Frank Decker

party at the national level. 2 The rise of the euro(pe)skeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) has changed this. Having come up just short of crossing the five percent threshold in the 2013 federal election, the newcomer achieved its first remarkable

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Party-Political Responses to the Alternative for Germany in Comparative Perspective

David F. Patton

In September 2017, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to join the Bundestag in nearly seventy years. Against the backdrop of Germany's Nazi past, the AfD's advance has been troubling for Germany's established

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A Post-Truth Campaign?

The Alternative for Germany in the 2019 European Parliament Elections

Maximilian Conrad

-truth politics has focused on the blatant lies of Donald Trump, the phenomenon is characteristic of populist politics in other settings as well, with Germany being no exception. This article analyzes the Alternative for Germany (AfD)'s campaign for the 2019

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A New Blue-Collar Force

The Alternative for Germany and the Working Class

Philipp Adorf

France, the Front National’s Marine Le Pen was able to win around twice as many votes in the second round of the presidential election as her father had obtained fifteen years earlier, while the Alternative for Germany (AfD) secured the third-best result

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The Left Party Thirty Years After Unification

Losing its Identity?

Jonathan Olsen

nevertheless disappointing 8.6 percent of the vote. Meanwhile a new party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), appeared on the horizon. Although the AfD failed to clear the 5 percent hurdle in 2013, it began to find resonance after it turned more sharply to the

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What Do (Parties Think) Women and LGBTI Citizens Want?

Party Platforms, Gender, and Sexuality in the 2021 German Federal Election

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Social Democrats ( spd ) and Free Democrats ( fdp ) favored same-sex marriage, but they remained silent when in coalition with Merkel's socially conservative Union ( cdu / csu ). 5 In addition, during Merkel's final term, the Alternative for Germany

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Small Parties and the 2013 Bundestag Election: End of the Upward Trend?

David F. Patton

In the 2009 German federal election, the small parties together captured 43.2 percent of the vote; three small parties boasted a result in the double digits. Four years later, none of the small parties finished above 8.6 percent and only two reentered the Bundestag. Notably, the FDP, one of the original West German parties, dropped out of the federal parliament for the first time. Yet, any talk of catch-all party revival and party system concentration needs qualification. As a group, the small parties received nearly a third of all votes cast—the second highest share in six decades. Those that did not make it into the Bundestag won 15.7 percent, a higher share than in any other federal election. This article examines the positioning of the leading small parties in the 2013 Bundestag election campaign and their respective electoral results; highlights party systemic as well as internal party factors to explain small party performance; reassesses the commonplace classification of small parties by whether there is an established legislative presence or not; and considers the positioning and performance of small parties in the years to come.