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The Resistible Rise of Germany’s Far Right

As nationalist parties gain power across Europe, Germany’s own populist surge has remained confined to its deindustrialized east. This is because the country has benefited more from globalization than other developed countries – and it could benefit from deglobalization as well.

MUNICH – The recent elections in Sweden and Italy have shown that right-wing populism remains on the rise across Europe. Not so in Germany, where the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has had only modest success so far.