German election: Just how right-wing is AfD?

The right-wing, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has entered parliament in Germany for the first time, winning 12.6% of the vote and more than 90 seats.

Founded in 2013 as an anti-euro party, it has dramatically shifted its focus to immigration and Islam and is increasingly seen as far-right in tone.

  • tom_billesley

    It’s not so much AfD shifting focus as Kaiserin Merkel and Europe becoming increasingly pro-immigration and pro-islam.

  • canminuteman

    Left and Right mean absolutely nothing outside the context of the French Revolution.

    • Watchman

      The whole education system and the MSM have been teaching for so many years that Nazis are on the Right, and that Fascists are only found on the Right. This has meant that a better two dimensional classification system involving personal freedoms and government control on two orthogonal axes is not taught to young students since it the government is not going to allow the teaching that less government might be better.

      With the one axis system, Left-Right, it stuck me for as long as I remember that it wan’t a straight line but more of a horseshoe shape where the further you got to the one end extreme, the more similar to the other end extreme actual systems seemed to be.

      • Alain

        Yes, it has nothing to do with “Left” and “Right”. This is a war against freedom, both individual and collective freedom with those seeking to eliminate freedom represented by many different labels or names, and those resisting being called everything from Hitler, Nazis, fascists, racists, homophobes, bigots to far-right. Therefore the names mean nothing anymore.

  • Mickey Oberman

    The German people have, by electing the insane Merkle, decided the fate of Germany. They have committed national suicide.

    • Watchman

      In attempting to create a pan-European Fourth Reicht, Germany has instead sowed the seeds of a pan-European Caliphate.

      • Mickey Oberman

        Very true, indeed.
        But I think Germany may have had a better chance of surviving another Reich with the whole western world against their government than they do with all of Islam intent upon totally eliminating them.

        They have waited too long and have learned nothing.

  • barryjr

    Not what I would expect from BBC. This appeared pretty neutral in tone.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The media insist on giving “far-right” a good name. Such stupidity.

  • Watchman

    Any group to the right of Karl Marx will be automatically classified as a ‘extreme right wing fascist organisation’.

  • newz

    Right wing is always seen as “far right” according to the media. Soon as you step over
    the “liberal center line” you are now Hitler.