The Rise Of Germanys New Right: 12082016_The_Rise_Of_Germanys_New_Right_0027

August 12, 2016 -Neubrandenburg, Germany:  A supporter in conservative attire has a gash on his cheek (usually a sign of a member of a duelling fraternity) as he looks on as other supporters  hold AfD placards and German National flags while Bjoern Hoecke, head of the Alternative fuer Deutschland political party (Alternative for Germany, AfD) in Thuringia, agitates a small crowd at an AfD party rally. The anti-immigration party is surging after Germany took in most of the more than 1 million refugees who arrived in the European Union last year. The party’s rise is narrowing coalition-building options for Germany’s established parties and threatens the status quo nationwide. Polls suggest the AfD will win up to 19% of the votes in this east German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Germanys Chancellor Merkel has her electoral district.

August 12, 2016 -Neubrandenburg, Germany: A supporter in conservative attire has a gash on his cheek (usually a sign of a member of a duelling fraternity) as he looks on as other supporters hold AfD placards and German National flags while Bjoern Hoecke, head of the Alternative fuer Deutschland political party (Alternative for Germany, AfD) in Thuringia, agitates a small crowd at an AfD party rally. The anti-immigration party is surging after Germany took in most of the more than 1 million refugees who arrived in the European Union last year. The party’s rise is narrowing coalition-building options for Germany’s established parties and threatens the status quo nationwide. Polls suggest the AfD will win up to 19% of the votes in this east German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Germanys Chancellor Merkel has her electoral district.