AfD – 6 months on

On September 24, 2017, a nationalist, anti-immigration party called Alternative for Germany won 12.6 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections, coming third behind the center-left Social Democrats and Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc. The result sent shock waves through German politics and drew intense scrutiny abroad because of the country’s Nazi past. Yet attention […]

What happened to Germany’s Free Democratic Party?

How can a party that’s been in parliament since the start of post-war democracy in Germany disappear from the political landscape within the space of a year? On Sept. 21, 2013, the Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei, FDP) was in Germany’s national government, and in the governments of two German laender (Hesse and Saxony). Today, less than […]