GERMANY-EU: Angela Merkel's fight against Europe's far-Right begins at home


"The news that Angela Merkel’s party has been beaten in the German Chancellor’s own backyard by the populist Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) is being taken as yet another bellwether that the far-Right is once again ascendant in Europe.

The simple narrative runs that if the AfD can win even in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, where Mrs Merkel has her constituency, it must surely represent a serious threat to Germany democracy as we approach the next year’s federal election where Mrs Merkel is expected to seek a historic fourth term.

But that misses a fundamental point about the appeal of parties like the AfD, with its nasty, narrow mix of nativist anti-Muslim bigotry and barely coded white supremacism – which is that the more white and mono-cultural the electoral district, the better they perform."


See the article: Angela Merkel's fight against Europe's far-Right begins at home (The Telegraph, link)

 

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