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The Left Party and the AfD

Populist Competitors in Eastern Germany

Jonathan Olsen

As is evident in the articles in this special issue, several main narratives developed following the 2017 German national election. The main headline, of course, was the Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) precedent-shattering election performance

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Radical Right-Wing Populists in Parliament

Examining the Alternative for Germany in European Context

Lars Rensmann

Following the long-term rise and recent electoral boost of radical-right populist parties across Europe, the Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) became the third strongest party in the 2017 general elections for the

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Christiane Lemke

isolationist impulse to move away from the United States. The majority in the European Parliament and most national governments in Europe realize the importance of good relations with the United States. Yet, the rhetoric from far-right parties, such as the AfD

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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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David Art

The federal elections of 2017 brought a radical right party into parliament for the first time in postwar Germany. This fact alone would have made the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) the central storyline in elections that ultimately

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Symbol of Reconciliation and Far-Right Stronghold?

PEGIDA, AfD, and Memory Culture in Dresden

Susanne Vees-Gulani

Islamization of the Occident) in the Old Town (Altstadt) center, and in high support by voters for the far-right AfD (Alternative für Deutschland). Both pegida and the AfD display the dominant characteristics of populist movements coupled with a nativist

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A Tale of Two Electorates?

The 2021 Federal Election and the AfD Voter in East and West

Michael A. Hansen and Jonathan Olsen

Although the AfD is not, strictly speaking, an “eastern” party, its distinct electoral results in the two halves of Germany—underscored once again in the 2021 federal election—are something of a puzzle. In order to explain how and why the AfD performs better in eastern Germany than in western Germany, we analyze district-level results for the AfD vote, employing multiple regression models in order to find correlates with constituency vote share. We conclude that the only socio-demographic variable common to both eastern and western German AfD voters is their level of education. Significantly, we find that eastern AfD voters are both older and more economically secure than western German voters for the AfD.

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Two of the Same Kind?

The Rise of the AfD and its Implications for the CDU/CSU

Matthias Dilling

To the Right of the CDU/CSU… By more than doubling its 2013 result and winning 12.6 percent of the votes at the 2017 federal election, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) put an end to an era. For the first time since 1957, a party that had

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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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This Was the One for Me

AfD Women's Origin Stories

Christina Xydias

Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) explain their party affiliation, and how do their explanations differ from men's? An answer to these questions is discernible at the nexus between their publicly available political backgrounds and the accounts