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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. Not

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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 German

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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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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 explicitly

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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. While

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Pointing Fingers at the Media?

Coverage of the 2017 Bundestag Election

Alexander Beyer and Steven Weldon

The 2017 Bundestag election likely will long be remembered as a pivotal moment in German politics. 1 The far-right and openly anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) not only entered parliament for the first time

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The “Alternative for Germany”

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

Frank Decker

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 electoral success in the

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Eric Langenbacher

. Various international crises bubble up periodically, but nothing has been too dramatic. Syria? Brexit? Trump? The Alternative for Germany (AfD)? The economy chugs along nicely. Holidays in Mallorca, Rügen, and the Salzkammergut are as popular as ever. The

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Renaissance of the New Right in Germany?

A Discussion of New Right Elements in German Right-wing Extremism Today

Samuel Salzborn

demonstration strategy—that helped reestablish public awareness of New Right positions. On the other hand, there emerged a new right-wing party called the Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) that formally dissociated itself from neo Nazism