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Matteo Salvini’s improbable dream of a pan-European nationalist alliance

Posted by hkarner - 13. April 2019

Date: 12-04-2019
Source: The Economist

Nationalists tend not to agree with each other


An italian nationalist joining forces with a German one to promise “a new European dream”, as Matteo Salvini termed it, is bound to stir the odd qualm. But oblivious, or indifferent, to historical echoes, Mr Salvini, the leader of Italy’s Northern League, on April 8th sat cheerfully alongside Jörg Meuthen of the Alternative for Germany (afd) on a platform in Milan as he announced the formation of a new, nativist bloc in the next European Parliament. Mr Meuthen said it would be called the European Alliance for People and Nations. And, said Mr Salvini, the aim was “to take in groups with which we have never collaborated before”.

Gail McElroy, a political scientist at Trinity College, Dublin, who has made a study of the European Parliament, said it was likely that the radical right will make some gains at the European elections on May 23rd-26th. “But there is a long history of populist parties forming groups that then fall apart.” Ominously for Mr Salvini, none of the party leaders he had hoped to attract to his new band bothered to show up in Milan.

Movements created to protect national interests and exalt national identities tend to make awkward bedfellows, after all. Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s government in Poland and Viktor Orban’s in Hungary have long turned a deaf ear to Italy’s pleas for a redistribution within the eu of asylum-seekers arriving from Africa. That problem has now been skirted: the new mantra of the populist right is that the answer is to seal Europe’s frontiers. But agreeing on economic policy will be more difficult. The afd and other hard-right northern European groups support precisely the kind of fiscal austerity Mr Salvini claims is holding back the Italian economy. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany’s Slowdown That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Posted by hkarner - 2. Februar 2019

Date: 01-02-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The rise of the AfD and the threat of recession have so far failed to upset the country’s complacency.

Alexander Gauland, co-chairman of the Alternative for Germany party

Of all the reasons to worry about Germany’s economy, the biggest is that Germans themselves don’t seem to be concerned enough about it. The eurozone’s largest member is coasting into a slowdown. Where’s the outrage?

Indignation may be too much to hope for, but surely if Europe’s economic engine is downshifting you’d expect the political class and the economic caste to notice. They’re noticing the data. Berlin this week cut its economic-growth prediction for 2019 to 1% from 1.8%, as business sentiment wobbles. But many German economists and politicians still hope this is only a moderation in the growth rate and not the first step toward a recession.

That’s how you end up with the policy debates Germany has at the moment.
Those include a plan unveiled over the weekend to phase out coal-fired power generation over the next 20 years, at a cost of €40 billion on top of the tens of billions of euros Berlin already has spent on its so-called Energiewende, the “energy transformation” to nowhere. Then there’s the plan voiced by Finance Minister Olaf Scholz a few days ago to increase taxes on the middle class (to 45% from 42% starting at incomes as low as €56,000, or around $64,000) lest the government’s books fall into the red as a downturn weighs on revenues. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany’s Socialism of Fools

Posted by hkarner - 12. Oktober 2018

Michael Bröning

Michael Bröning is Head of the International Policy Department of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a think tank affiliated with the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

By adopting a program based on „identity and solidarity,“ Germany’s far-right AfD is harking back to classic National Socialism. It is likely to be a winning formula in this month’s state elections in Bavaria and Hesse.

BERLIN – If opinion polls counted as elections, large parts of Germany would already be governed by the far right. In several eastern German states, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has established itself as the strongest political force. Almost everywhere else in the country, the party currently ranks second – on par or just ahead of the struggling Social Democrats (SPD) and behind only Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

In coming weeks, matters could get even worse. In regional elections in Bavaria on October 14 and in Hesse two weeks later, the AfD is poised to enter the two last remaining regional parliaments without far-right representation.

Concerns about immigration continue to fuel this surge. In the eastern city of Chemnitz, recent anti-foreigner riots and pro-tolerance rallies provided a stark reminder of how divided the German public remains on migration. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What the far left and right have in common, in Germany and elsewhere

Posted by hkarner - 11. August 2018

Date: 09-08-2018
Source: The Economist

Parties that combine economic statism and cultural conservatism are growing

SITTING down with The Economist in her office in Berlin, Sahra Wagenknecht is restless: “Do we think that anyone can just migrate to Germany and have a claim to social welfare?” asks the doyenne of the Left (Die Linke), a socialist party. “Or do we say that labour migration is more of a problem?” The party’s leader in the Bundestag worries about its direction. “If you concentrate more on hip, urban sorts of voters—on identity and lifestyle debates—you don’t speak to the poorest in society. They no longer feel properly represented.” Her answer, launched on August 4th, is a new, non-party movement called “Rise Up” designed to reach those who have switched off from politics. It may point to a significant realignment in both German and European politics.

The Left was formed in 2005 when leftists who had quit the Social Democrats (SPD) merged with the successor party to the former East German communists. It has always been an uneasy alliance of provincial socialists and urban left-libertarians. At last year’s election it lost some 420,000 voters, principally older ones in the former communist east, to the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, but offset that loss by gaining 700,000 from the SPD and 330,000 from the Greens, mainly in western cities and university towns. It now faces a choice: consolidate its new strength as a lefty alternative to the Greens (as Katja Kipping, the Left’s leader, wants to do) or prioritise winning back traditional working-class voters as a lefty alternative to the AfD? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The German Right Believes It’s Time to Discard the Country’s Historical Guilt

Posted by hkarner - 4. März 2017

Date: 02-03-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

As part of the nationalist tide sweeping Europe, the Alternative for Germany is pushing to change how the country views its Nazi past, upending decades of consensus

KARLSRUHE, Germany—The draft budget for Baden-Württemberg state set aside $69,000 this year for educational trips to “memorials of National Socialist injustice.”

The Alternative for Germany party submitted a motion to strike the reference to the Nazi Party and instead use the money for visits to “significant German historic sites.”

“We strive for a balanced view of history,” the motion said. “A one-sided concentration on 12 years of National Socialist injustice is to be rejected.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Ungleichheit? Ihnen doch egal

Posted by hkarner - 25. September 2016

Date: 24-09-2016
Source: Die Zeit

Viele AfD-Anhänger und andere Protestwähler sind mit ihrer wirtschaftlichen Lage zufrieden. Sie sind aus anderen Gründen wütend.

Auch wer nicht die AfD wählt, meint zu wissen, wie der Durchschnitts-AfD-Wähler so ist: meist arbeitslos, manchmal asozial, immer abgehängt. Und mit diesen drei As ist dann auch schnell erklärt, weshalb eine Partei wie die AfD so erfolgreich ist. Oder die britische Ukip. Oder der französische Front National. Oder ein Politiker wie Donald Trump in den USA. Sie alle bündeln die Wut der Verlierer. Und diese Wut wächst überall, weil überall die Ungleichheit wächst. Sie ist die eigentliche Ursache für all den Zorn und all den Hass. Es ist schlichte Ökonomie. Mehr Verlierer gleich mehr Protestwähler, so lautet die Logik. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Turning Crisis into Success in Germany

Posted by hkarner - 16. Mai 2016

Photo of Kemal Derviş

Kemal Derviş

Kemal Derviş, former Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey and former Administrator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is a vice president of the Brookings Institution.

MAY 13, 2016, Project Syndicate

BERLIN – According to an early May opinion poll by ARD DeutschlandTREND, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party’s popular support now stands at 15%, up from around 5% a year ago. Can this dangerous trend be reversed?

The AfD’s rise since last summer has been the direct result of the surge in the number of refugees – close to one million in 2015 – entering Germany. After all, the party has made opposition to admitting refugees the centerpiece of its platform, which also includes antagonism toward the European Union and a very conservative social program, to which an openly sectarian religious component was added at a May 3 party convention in Stuttgart.

Yet Germany’s broad political center continues to hold. The center-right Christian Democrats and their allies still have the support of about 33% of the electorate; the center-left Social Democrats have 20% support; and the Green Party is backed by some 13%. Even the Free Democrats have clawed their way back from hard times, and now have about 6% support. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany’s Schäuble: Time is Near to End Central Banks’ Easy-Money Policies

Posted by hkarner - 11. April 2016

Date: 10-04-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Finance Minister makes remarks amid growing criticism in Germany of European Central Bank

Schäuble ccWolfgang Schauble. The German Finance Minister Friday night called on governments to encourage their central banks to gradually move away from easy-money policies.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble called on governments in Europe and the U.S. to encourage their central banks to gradually exit easy-money policies, in the strongest sign yet of Berlin’s growing impatience with the ultralow interest rates of the European Central Bank.

“There is a growing understanding that excessive liquidity has become more a cause than a solution to the problem,” Mr. Schäuble said, comparing the move away from easy-money policies to ending a drug addiction.

The unusually blunt comments from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s closest political ally come as the ECB has repeatedly ramped up its stimulus in recent months, seeking to support economic growth in the face of rising global headwinds and financial-market volatility. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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AfD-Co-Chef schreibt „Nachruf“ auf Hans-Olaf Henkel

Posted by hkarner - 28. April 2015

Autor: Dietmar Neuerer, 27.04.2015 16:47 Uhr, handelsblatt.com

Der AfD-Co-Chef Adam weint dem zurückgetreten Parteivize Henkel keine Träne nach. Was er von dem EU-Abgeordneten hält, hat er in einem „Nachruf“ niedergeschrieben, versehen mit einer unmissverständlichen Botschaft.


Hans-Olaf Henkel (Bild) und Konrad Adam sind sich seit einer Brand-Mail Henkels in herzlicher Abneigung verbunden.

Berlin. Die Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) ist bekannt dafür, dass sie mit ihren eigenen Leuten nicht zimperlich umgeht.  Hans-Olaf Henkel ist auch einer, der gerne austeilt – insbesondere dann, wenn sich aus seiner Sicht Schieflagen in der Partei angedeutet haben. Dann ist Henkel in die Offensive gegangen, hat seinen Unmut über die Medien oder über seine Facebook-Seite verbreitet.

Vergangene Woche ist Henkel wegen Streits in einer Personalfrage als Bundesvize der Partei  zurückgetreten. Auch das hat er via Facebook mitgeteilt. In der Partei hat seine Entscheidung unterschiedliche Reaktionen ausgelöst. Die bizarrste lieferte sein einstiger Vorstandskollege, AfD-Co-Chef Konrad Adam.

Über seine eigene Facebook-Seite widmete Adam dem Kollegen Henkel, der in der Kurzform auch „HOH“ genannt wird, einen „Nachruf auf HOH“. Gleich zu Beginn wirft Adam, der aus dem chaotischen Landesverband in Hessen kommt, Henkel vor, mit seinem „großen Lärm“ der Partei jenen Schaden zugefügt zu haben, „vor dem er uns, seine Vorstandskollegen, immer wieder gewarnt hatte“. Er sei sich damit bis zum Schluss der Rolle treu geblieben, für die er im Vorstand zuständig war: „der Rolle des Fachmanns fürs Grobe“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Interview mit Hans-Olaf Henkel: „Der Euro hat verheerende Nebenwirkungen“

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2014

von Dietmar Neuerer, Handelsblatt.com

14.01.2014, 14:39 Uhr

Hans-Olaf Henkel mischt jetzt bei der AfD mit und will mit ihr ins Europaparament. Im Interview gibt er den Ton an – mit harten Attacken auf Euro-Befürworter und Sympathiebekundungen für Euro-Kritiker wie Thilo Sarrazin. 

HANS OLAF HENKELDer ehemalige BDI-Präsident Hans-Olaf Henkel: „Seit meine Mitgliedschaft in der AfD öffentlich geworden ist, ist das Sperrfeuer deutscher Medien gegen mich noch dichter geworden.“ Quelle: ap

Handelsblatt Online: Herr Henkel, Sie unterstützen die Alternative für Deutschland schon länger. Was hat Sie nun bewogen, der AfD beizutreten?
Hans-Olaf Henkel: Ich wollte zunächst abwarten, in welche Richtung sich diese Partei europapolitisch bewegt. Nach vielen Gesprächen mit führenden Leuten der AfD bin ich dann zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass die Chancen für ein überzeugendes Europaprogramm gut sind und ich bei der Formulierung eines solchen Programms mitwirken kann.

Und dass die AfD zuletzt vor allem mit Personalquerelen in wichtigen Landesverbänden wie Bayern, Hessen und Nordrhein-Westfalen aufgefallen ist, hat Sie nicht gestört?

Selbstverständlich hat mich das gestört. Aber Sie sehen ja, dass Herr Lucke mit Erfolg, Versuche die Partei zu schädigen, abgeblockt hat. Henning Voscherau hat mir mal erzählt, dass die SPD im vorletzten Jahrhundert 30 Jahre gebraucht hat, um sich zu finden. Die Grünen brauchten 20 Jahre. Da wird man doch ein gewisses Verständnis dafür erwarten dürfen, dass die AfD nicht schon in wenigen Monaten ein geschlossenes Bild zeigt. Lucke und die Seinen tun heute mit Sicherheit mehr gegen die Infiltration von Rechtsradikalen, als CDU/CSU, SPD und FDP damals gegen ehemalige Mitglieder von NSDAP, Waffen-SS, SA und SS in ihren eigenen Reihen getan haben. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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