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.