How Germany’s far-right gained, even as it lost


Naumann thought that the AfD would be able to inject tens or millions of euro in taxpayer money, which could help it popularize far right politics at German universities, and increase its pool of potential recruits. She delved into the beliefs and rhetoric of figures like DES Chairwoman Erika Steinbach, who “claims that there is no place for ‘radical, racist and extremist ideas’ in her foundation, but various unions and organizations, including the Central Council of Jews in Germany, accuse her and other DES board members of ‘relativizing’ the Holocaust, or minimizing it by comparing it to lesser events, and having ties to extremist groups.”



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