The rise of Germany's far-right: Interview with AfD's deputy chair

The discussion about the character of Europe emanating from the German election and rise of its far-right could trigger debates on more strategic issues.

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October 2, 2017 00:59
The rise of Germany's far-right: Interview with AfD's deputy chair

Member of the European Parliament Beatrix von Storch speaks at a press conference of the Germany's far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party in Berlin. (photo credit: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/REUTERS)

 
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THE SEPTEMBER 24 German election can be seen as part of the series of European elections serving as litmus tests for European sentiment on core issues: the future of the European Union, immigration, the rise of Islam and the character of Europe.

Much of the attention throughout the German campaign centered on the rise of the far-right party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD). Established just five years ago as a Euroskeptic party, it has since evolved to garner messages that are similar to other European far-right parties: anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-EU and German nationalism.

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