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Alternative for Germany Condemns Immigration, Islam and Liberal Philosophy: (Part 1 of 3) Who Are They?

 

Amongst economic and foreign policy concerns, a flux of immigrants is colliding with rigid cultural and nationalistic societies in Germany and across Europe. Right-wing populist parties seek to overturn multiculturalism and liberal democracy in order to restore national values and a sense of home.

According to a poll conducted by YouGov, over 30 percent of people in Sweden, Holland, Britain, Spain, France and Italy and 44 percent in Germany agree with the statement: “There are so many foreigners living around here, it doesn’t feel like home anymore.”

In Germany the right-wing populist party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), has gained popularity. AfD started in 2013 as a movement opposing the Euro currency. In response to terrorist attacks by radical extremists throughout Europe and increasing immigration to Germany within the last couple of years, anti-immigration has become their primary platform.

 

The party, led by Frauke Petry, a former research chemist and entrepreneur, won over 20 percent of the vote in the German state elections in March, becoming the first far-right party to do so well in Germany since World War II. In September AfD became the second largest party in the state parliament.

 “(AfD attracts) voters who (are) anti-establishment, anti-liberalization, anti-European, anti-everything that has come to be regarded as the norm,” Sylke Tempel, a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations, said in New York Times article.

 

By: mborocz

MQ (Matthew Quinn) Borocz currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado U.S.A. where he studied journalism and humanities at Colorado State University. He enjoys writing about politics, philosophy and the arts and hopes to shed light on overlooked and unexplored topics. MQ also loves to dance, play music and be outside.