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Politics 18-05-2020

AfD expels Brandenburg leader for concealing ties to nationalist group

The leadership of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party on Friday (15 May), expelled Brandenburg's AfD leader Andreas Kalbitz after Kalbitz was classified as a right-wing extremist by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in early March. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 14-05-2020

Anti-lockdown protests in Germany infiltrated by far-right extremists

Many people are looking for explanations since lockdown measures were introduced to contain the coronavirus outbreak. In Germany, right-wing extremists are trying to take advantage of this. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

‘Coronabonds’ vs ‘Recovery bonds’: Where does Germany stand?

While German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed the idea of 'coronabonds', German MEPs from her own political faction have spoken out in favour of 'recovery bonds', a position that could weigh heavily on the EU summit next Thursday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 24-02-2020

Crisis-ridden SPD wins state parliamentary elections in Hamburg

Voters in Hamburg gave the SPD one of their best election results in recent years in a regional election on Sunday (23 February). With 38,9% of the vote, Peter Tschentscher (SPD) will continue as the city’s mayor, while the Greens doubled their share of the vote to reach 24,4%. Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, however, performed poorly.
Elections 20-02-2020

Hamburg elections, pose (another) crash test for Germany’s mainstream parties

Voters in the city state of Hamburg will elect their new parliament on 23 February, the first elections to take place after the Thuringian political turmoil broke out earlier this month. This is yet another test for Germany’s traditional parties that could seal the end of the country's traditional political landscape.   
Politics 11-02-2020

CDU crisis puts question mark on German EU Presidency

As the new European Commission finally begins its work, it is Berlin's turn to come to a political standstill. It's a problem for Germany but also for the European Union.
Elections 06-02-2020

Political earthquake in Thuringia as new President gets elected with far-right votes

Thomas Kemmerich, a liberal democrat from the FDP party, became Thuringia's new Minister-President on Wednesday (5 February), thanks to support from the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the far-right – a first in post-war Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Politics 06-11-2019

Retreating Eurosceptics now settle for ‘reforms from within’

Just a couple of minutes after Nigel Farage triumphantly proclaimed victory in the 2016 Brexit referendum, Brussels started worrying that such a trend would spread throughout the Old Continent like wildfire.
Elections 28-10-2019

Record numbers of young voters backed AfD in Thuringia state election

The state elections in Thuringia on Sunday (27 October) demonstrated how strong the AfD was among young people under 30, who voted in record numbers for the far-right party. Die Linke (the Left) came in second, while the Greens lagged far behind. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

One in two Germans against increased migration, study says

A growing number of Germans believe migrants drive wages down and burden the welfare system, according to a study analysing the attitude of Germans towards foreigners before and after the 2015 refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 30-08-2019

Shifting politics raise the stakes in Germany’s state elections

State elections in Brandenburg and Saxony – two coal mining regions in former East Germany – are likely to reverberate across the country, and even Europe, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Austria scandal overshadows Salvini’s European nationalist rally

Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday (18 May) gathered Europe's disparate nationalists for a unifying rally overshadowed by a major corruption scandal shaking Austria's far-right coalition.
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

Far-right leaders gather in Prague ahead of EU vote

Prague will on Thursday (24 April) host a meeting of populist far-right party leaders seeking unprecedented success in European elections next month following a steep rise of anti-EU movements across Europe.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

German far-right AfD party invites Bannon to Berlin

Germany's far-right party AfD has invited Donald Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin next month.

Germany’s ruling parties rank just above far-right on climate protection

The European People’s Party (EPP) has scored very poorly in an analysis of how MEPs voted on climate policies, ranking even lower than the European Parliament's far-right contingent. In Germany, it is a similar story. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 15-04-2019

German far right capitalises on high-profile migrant crimes

"Refugees are bringing crime into our town," an election leaflet declares – an example of how Germany's far-right feeds its narrative of a country threatened by more than a million new arrivals.
Elections 27-02-2019

Europe needs new approach to tackle right-wing climate denial, study finds

Half of all votes against climate and energy decisions in the European Parliament come from right-wing parties and that number is set to grow as they are expected to score high at the next European elections, according to a study presented in Brussels on Wednesday (27 February).
EU Elections 2019 16-01-2019

German AfD: Decision to monitor party ‘bizarre’, lacks substance

The German intelligence service is keeping an eye on comments made by AfD politicians from now on. The party is to be examined for contemptuous behaviour. It is now up to the party whether it will be observed. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 14-01-2019

AfD party congress: Back to a ‘Europe of nations’

At a party congress, the leaders of the far-right AfD (‘Alternative for Germany’) adopted a manifesto calling for changes in the EU, ranging from the abolition of the European Parliament to Germany leaving the eurozone and the common EU security and foreign policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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