Behind the “Unforgivable” Political Row in Eastern Germany: An Uncanny Relationship with the Far-Right

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Abstract

There is no straightforward narrative behind recent series of events in East Germany’s state of Thuringia, which have thrown German politics into disarray.

On 5 February, Thomas Kemmerich, the largely unknown leader of the pro-business Free Democrats, a party that won only five percent of the votes in state elections in October, became Thuringia’s State Premier. His election was made possible by the support of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The long-standing CDU’s policy of Brandmauer – “firewall” – that is meant to keep the far-right from power was, at this stage, broken.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-2
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationAustralian Outlook
PublisherAustralian Institute of International Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2020

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