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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

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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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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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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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Thomas Klikauer and Kathleen Webb Tunney

By the end of 2018, Germany’s secret service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) started composing a report on Germany’s most notorious right-wing political party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD). In January 2019, one of the authors asked Germany’s secret service to supply this report but was told “It’s secret.” On 28 January 2019, a short note even noted: “We will not send the document.” On the very same day, Netzpolitik.org posted the entire report online—all 436 pages of it. Netzpolitik.org stated: “We make the report available because open debate is vital in a democracy… and because it destroys the AfD’s fairy-tale of being a normal political party.” In their introduction, Netzpolitik’s Andre Meister, Anna Biselli, and Markus Reuter, who published the report, also emphasize: “We make the report available because the secret service believes ‘parts of the AfD violate Germany’s constitutional guarantee that human dignity is inviolable.”’ Netzpolitik.org is convinced that Germans have a right to know. Reading through the report one hardly finds evidence that would justify secrecy. Instead, it is a valid report written by a German state agency tasked with defending the Basic Law (Grundgesetz) concerning a political party.

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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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Renaissance of the New Right in Germany?

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

Samuel Salzborn

(Alternative for Germany, AfD) that formally dissociated itself from neo Nazism. These two areas, however, also reflected substantial differences of opinion within the New Right scene (and still do), because there are clear contradictions between a strategy

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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

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A Spectre Haunting Europe

Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism

Joyce Marie Mushaben

Introduction: Mutter der Nation versus the Alternative for Germany Since 2005, Angela Merkel has secured her place in German history, given her unique status as the first woman, the first easterner, the first physicist, and even the first

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Political Comedy as Fuel for Populist Rhetoric?

Representations of Politicians and Institutions in the German TV Shows “Eichwald MdB” and “Ellerbeck”

Niko Switek

their own self-interest. 3 The most recent addition to the German party system, the right-populist Alternative for Germany (AfD, Alternative für Deutschland), 4 would probably agree with these descriptions of the nature of German politics, a view that