Alternative for Germany

Resisting the Pull to the Right

AfD leadership. Source: dpa
AfD leadership.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A power struggle is splitting the Alternative for Germany party,  as the economists who started the party take on the right wingers who now want control.

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    • Alternative for Germany is a Euro-sceptic political party created in 2013.
    • It was founded by World Bank economist Bernd Lucke.
    • The party won 7 out of 96 seats in the European parliament elections in 2014.
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Hans-Olaf Henkel, a leader of the anti-euro Alternative for Germany, or AfD, doesn’t understand why the term levelled against the new political movement, “the professors’ party,” is an insult.

“That must be pretty awful,” said Mr. Henkel, who is a former president of the Association of German Industry and represents AfD in the European Parliament. “For the first time, a party is headed by people who know what they’re talking about.”

Bernd Lucke, who founded the right-leaning AfD, is an economics professor from Hamburg. His measured tone and correct manners is one of the things that attracted people like Mr. Henkel to the party.

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