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Breitbart's Plans for Germany

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Breitbart’s aggressive tactics are designed to shake up the establishment. The far-right website hopes it can contribute to political change in France and Germany and ultimately undermine the European Union.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Breitbart has said it wants to open offices in Germany and France, both of which have elections this year.
    • Former chief executive, Steve Bannon, is now U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief strategist.
    • Supporters of National Front in France and Alternative for Germany are the site’s natural target groups.
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White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland
Steve Bannon was able to use Breitbart to help Donald Trump to the presidency. Can the same trick work in Germany? Source: Reuters

It was a foretaste of how the raw tone of the U.S. electoral campaign could also be coming to Germany.

“REVEALED: 1,000-MAN MOB ATTACK POLICE, SET GERMANY’S OLDEST CHURCH ALIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE” shouted a January 3 headline on the U.S. right-wing news website, breitbart.com.

Loud as always, aggressive as always, all caps as always: This was, after all, Breitbart, the journalistic mudslinger that supported Donald Trump during the U.S. election campaign like no other media outlet.

In its German story, Breitbart claimed that a crowd of “more than 1,000 men” chanted “Allahu Akbar” and massed “around the flag of al-Qaida and Islamic State collaborators the Free Syrian Army.”

The message was clear: Jihad Terror in the Ruhr District!

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