In contrast to other European countries, a right wing populist party had not been successful in Germany for a long time. However, in the context of the European economic solidarity measures, the Eurosceptic AFD was founded in 2013. In the following years it managed to get into many state parliaments. The refugee crisis contributed to a further rise of the AFD, changing the political environment in Germany.
Dr. Sebastian Voigt, Research Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. Dr. Voigt has been a fellow at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum and a faculty member at the Ruhr University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who has published widely in the field of Modern European History on such topics as labor, social democracy and antisemitism. Dr. Voigt offers three fascinating topics, all to be discussed in the aftermath of the German elections: the impact of the elections on right-wing populism, on the social democratic party, and the extraordinary rise of Angela Merkel.
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