“Dancing” with the Extreme Right: Do New Partners Bring New Dangers to Germany?

  • Patricia R. HeckEmail author


The recent, unprecedented success of the extreme right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the German federal parliamentary elections has raised concerns about German democracy. Are we witnessing a new phenomenon, or are we seeing the latest phase of German voters’ “dance” with right-ring parties? Do East Germans change this cycle and, if so, why might that be? An historical examination of these questions, followed by an evaluation of East Germany since reunification, with special emphasis on a small city in Thuringia offers potential answers to these questions. A comparison with the current US national political situation concludes this chapter.


Afd (Alternative for Germany (AfD)) Cyclical nature of West German support for extreme right-wing parties Democratization East German Culture East German Economy Reunification German right-wing extremism Republicans 


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  1. 1.Sewanee: The University of the SouthSewaneeUSA

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