There’s always an alternative. Perhaps that’s the explanation for the fears that have been spread by the recently arrived right-wing party shaking up Germany’s more traditional political scene. It was just three years ago when Alternative for Germany began spouting the “heaven-help-us” rhetoric every talk show desires but the political establishment doesn’t usually offer.
Since then, the new kid on the block has garnered 9 percent in opinion polls, setting set off the alarm bells among the competition. Above all, representatives of the ruling coalition in Berlin – the center-right Christian Democratic Union, its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, and their coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats – are squabbling over how to react to Germany’s doomsayers. Ignore them? Treat them politely? Or fight them aggressively?