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?
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DER SPIEGEL 40/2021
SPIEGEL International

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

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"Laschet hates and despises us Saxons!”

A message from the Free Saxons on their Telegram channel

An AfD campaign event in Thuringia

Foto: Bodo Schackow / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa