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Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2016

The right-wing populist, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany party is establishing ever-closer ties with Moscow. Now, the AfD's youth wing has forged an alliance with the youth movement of Putin's party United Russia. The AfD is also courting Russian-German voters. By Melanie Amann and Pavel Lokshin more... Comment ]

AfD Head Frauke Petry: 'The Immigration of Muslims Will Change Our Culture'

AfD Head Frauke Petry: 'The Immigration of Muslims Will Change Our Culture'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 30, 2016

Frauke Petry, head of the populist Alternative for Germany, rejects the notion that her party is too far to the right. In a SPIEGEL interview, she speaks about patriotism, German history and her own childhood. Interview conducted by Susanne Beyer and Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2016

The success of the right-wing populist party AfD in recent state elections has shaken Germany. It is the expression of growing hatred of the elite among an expanding share of the population. Much of their anger is directed at Angela Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

America's White Revolt: Trump Tears the Republicans Apart

America's White Revolt: Trump Tears the Republicans Apart

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign has morphed into a movement -- and it's one the Republican establishment would like to stop. But buoyed by Evangelicals and the white lower and middle class, it is unclear whether the vulgar New York real estate tycoon can be stopped. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2016

For a time after reunification, Saxony was widely considered an eastern German success story. Lately, however, the state's image has darkened. Weekly Pegida marches combined with an ongoing rash of anti-immigrant attacks are raising uncomfortable questions. By Maximilian Popp, Andreas Wassermann and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

The Hate Preachers: Inside Germany's Dangerous New Populist Party

The Hate Preachers: Inside Germany's Dangerous New Populist Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2016

The Alternative for Germany was born as an anti-euro movement. But it has since positioned itself far to the populist right. Despite its efforts at maintaining respectability, the party's extremist flank is wide open. more... Comment ]

Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times

Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2016

We are living in times of growing tension and near societal hysteria in Germany in the wake of the massive influx of refugees. One of the first victims of this development has been the media's credibility. Restoring public trust will require considerable effort by journalists -- but also on the part of their readers. An Editorial By Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The Case of the Murdered Goats: Exploring Germany's Far-Right Rumor Mill

The Case of the Murdered Goats: Exploring Germany's Far-Right Rumor Mill

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2016

Absurd, unfounded reports about asylum seekers are circulating on German social media. They are part of a targeted misinformation campaign by right-wing extremists designed to instill fear and stoke anti-migrant sentiment. But where do the stories come from? By Matthias Bartsch and Anna Clauß more... Comment ]

Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany's New Right

Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany's New Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2015

For years, a sense of disillusionment has been growing on the right. Now, the refugee crisis has magnified that frustration. Increasingly, people from the very center of society are identifying with the movement -- even as political debate coarsens and violence increases. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National

The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2015

Marine Le Pen has managed to pull the Front National from the extremist fringe into the political center. The right-wing populists could even emerge as France's strongest party in upcoming regional elections. But the real prize is in 2017. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]