The AfD Dilemma: Germany Struggles to Find Right Approach to Populists

The AfD Dilemma: Germany Struggles to Find Right Approach to Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2019

With the AfD now holding seats in every state parliament and in the federal parliament in Berlin, churches, unions and other organizations across Germany are wrestling with a tough question: Is it better to kick the populists out or to try to integrate them? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Anti-Environment Party: AfD Hopes to Win Votes by Opposing Climate Protection

The Anti-Environment Party: AfD Hopes to Win Votes by Opposing Climate Protection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2019

German populists are adopting climate change denialism as a new campaign strategy. The far-right Alternative for Germany party has begun directing its unscientific claims at global warming activists like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and says it wants to be the party that "saves diesel." By Vera Deleja-Hotko, Ann-Katrin Müller and Gerald Traufetter more...


Facebook Frenzy: How the German Right Wing Dominates Social Media

Facebook Frenzy: How the German Right Wing Dominates Social Media

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2019

A comprehensive analysis has revealed the degree to which German right-wing populists from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party are dominating the social media landscape. They might be getting help from abroad. By Jörg Diehl, Roman Lehberger, Ann-Katrin Müller and Philipp Seibt more...

'Absolutely Controlled MP': Documents Link AfD Parliamentarian To Moscow

'Absolutely Controlled MP': Documents Link AfD Parliamentarian To Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2019

Russian government emails show evidence of how Moscow is seeking to exploit the Alternative for Germany party in its propaganda war. The right-wing populists appear to be voluntary accomplices -- and a member of the federal parliament is at the center of the scandal. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east. more...

German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2019

German domestic intelligence officials have taken a closer look at the far-right fringe of the populist party Alternative for Germany. What they found is that the wing's leaders may pose a threat to democracy in the country. By Melanie Amann, Jörg Diehl, Martin Knobbe and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]


The Year of Populism: Europe's Right Wing Takes Aim at the EU

The Year of Populism: Europe's Right Wing Takes Aim at the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2019

Right-wing populist parties in Europe have been gaining strength for years. Now, they hope to use European Parliament elections in May as a springboard for gaining greater influence in the EU. Surveys indicate they may be successful. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2018

All eyes are on the AfD's finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very beginning. By Melanie Amann, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]


Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2018

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up. By Melanie Amann, Laura Backes, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]

Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2018

Germany's domestic intelligence agency is wary of officially monitoring the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. But there is plenty of cause for concern. Extremist ideas are present at all levels within the AfD. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]