Björn Höcke, the extremist leader of the AfD in Thuringia.

Björn Höcke, the extremist leader of the AfD in Thuringia.

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The Success of the AfD Why Is the Right Wing So Strong in Eastern Germany?

The right-wing radical party AfD emerged from last Sunday's election as the strongest political force in the eastern German states of Saxony and Thuringia. What did the mainstream parties do wrong?
DER SPIEGEL 40/2021
SPIEGEL International
The AfD's lead candidates, Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla

The AfD's lead candidates, Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla

Foto: Sebastian Kahnert / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa
"Laschet hates and despises us Saxons!”

A message from the Free Saxons on their Telegram channel

An AfD campaign event in Thuringia

An AfD campaign event in Thuringia

Foto: Bodo Schackow / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa