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Alternative für Deutschland (roughly, "Anti-foreigner Dumbasses" "Alternative For Dummies" "Alternative for Germany") are a right-wing populist, economically libertarian, socially conservative, Eurosceptic and reactionary political party in Germany. They are the one-phrase answer to the question: "Why has no movement similar to UKIP, Front National or FPÖ taken root in Germany?".

History[edit]

In 2013, several conservatives and reactionaries on the right wing of the CDU as well as unaffiliated people who had had sympathies for the CDU in the past were dissatisfied with the Euro policies of chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and what they deemed a cultural and political shift of her party to the left. As there was at the time no right wing alternative to the CDU, they set out to provide exactly that for the 2013 elections, which were widely assumed to be a done deal for the CDU and Merkel with the only open question being whether they would be able to go at it alone or whether they'd need a coalition partner[note 1]. They grouped around one Bernd LuckeWikipedia's W.svg and several other figures thrown in mostly to disguise his near dictatorial reign over his party.

Radicalization or The Revolution eats its children[edit]

To the surprise of many — though not its members who had believed all polls to be faked and released their own polls predicting double digit results - they polled 4.7%[1] at the September 2013 federal elections — the best federal result for any newly founded party in German history. However, this success (and the similar number of votes with a lower turnout in the European election of 2014) led to internal fights within the party between the "old style conservatives" who wanted to focus on Euro policies and Euroscepticism and the "hard right" members who wanted to include all kinds of batshit insanity from anti-wind energy activity to criticism of a "gay agenda", "gender mainstreaming" or immigration policies. Needless to say that the more people uttered these hard right stances openly, the more hard right members were attracted to the party and in a short while that Lucke and his guys were in the minority and lost the ensuing power struggle. One Frauke PetryWikipedia's W.svg managed to edge him out for the leadership role and promptly proceeded to kick him out the party. Et voila the German FPÖ is born.

Bernd Lucke, its original founder, went on to create the Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch (or Alliance for Progress and RenewalWikipedia's W.svg) on 19 July 2015, taking a lot of the European fraction of the AfD with him. The party promptly went on to total irrelevance despite keeping the anti-Euro stance while arguably down-toning the more ridiculous anti-foreigner and conspiracy theorist ideas, proving once and for all that AfD voters are not and have never been bigots.

Political positions[edit]

  • The AfD is against renewable energy, particularly wind power, which they claim emits dangerous "infrasound" that is blamed for numerous ills.
  • The AfD claims that new standards for teaching that dare to mention gays constitute an "early sexualization" of children and promote some insiduous "gay agenda". Needless to say that a party of mostly older white males is somehow uncomfortable with (male) homosexuality and opposes gay marriage.Which interestingly enough is still not has become the law of the land in Germany.
  • In general the AfD opposes any type of family that is not nuclear enough, as shown by their funding policy that wants to measure how important a family is by the amount of children that that family has.
  • The AfD was founded on the premise that the Euro is bad. Needless to say that they want to either get rid of the Euro and reintroduce the Reichsmark Deutsche Mark or to split it into a North and South Euro.
    • As per the above point, the AfD has little love lost for Greece.
  • The AfD is opposed to immigration and has been stupid — or malicious — enough to put sentences on their electoral material that could be[2] - and in some cases are[3] - straight up lifted from parties even more right-wing than themselves.
  • Several high-ranking members of the AfD have praised PEGIDA, an anti-Muslim, anti-immigration and generally anti-everything "movement". They even got themselves a lawyer who does weird UFO shit... that held rallies mostly in Dresden throughout late 2014 and 2015.
  • They claim to be in favor of holding referenda on several different issues, notably immigration or the Euro.
  • Several high ranking AfD members (most notably Alexander GaulandWikipedia's W.svg a former CDU member) hold pro-Russian positions in the whole Ukraine business and some like to quote RT and/or give them interviews
  • Sometimes they have downright bizarre proposals, like requesting the gays in Thuringia to be counted[4]
  • The world women day was vigorously protested by the youth wing of the party, where they claimed that feminism was wrong. [5]

Problems with anti-Semitism[edit]

When in early 2016 an AfD MP in the state of Baden Württemberg made a clearly anti-semitic statement that in addition to the ole trusty "Zionist" dog whistle contained more than one outright fog horn, the party tried but failed to distance itself from this [note 2] madness. His caucus tried to throw him out, but they did not gain the two thirds majority required, so instead thirteen members (including the erstwhile caucus leader) left and founded an "Alternative für Baden Württemberg" caucus. We'll see how successful that is, but it sure reminds of the People's Front of Judea...

Electoral success[edit]

They have won a couple of votes in some state elections. Mostly from intellectually and economically challenged xenophobic and unpleasant people. Whoopdido. Big fraggling deal. However as the AfD keeps hitting double-digit election results,[6][7][8][9][10] in a few instances even a scary fifth or quarter of the vote in state elections,[11][12] and manages to nearly match and even outperform the SPD or the CDU, it doesn't speak well for the current mindset of a significant part of Germany's electorate.

In 2017, Alice Weidel, a lesbian mother, was elected as one of two leaders of the AfD. She stated, "My election and my high acceptance within the party show that, contrary to public perception, my party is tolerant."[13] After all, some of her best friends are...

During the 2017 federal parliament elections they recieved 12.6%, becoming the third most powerful party in the Bundestag.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. As every German government since the days of AdenauerWikipedia's W.svg had
  2. while "criticism of Israel" and running around with Hamas symbols is a-ok in Germany, more open Anti-semitism is a sure way to kill your political career

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