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Lionel Baland
Lionel Baland

Location: Belgium

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

The German government tries to attack the income of the AfD

In Germany, life is hard for the patriots. The government tries to destroy them.

The society, mainly in the Western part, is not attracted to these kind of ideas and there are hard social pressures against these people. Nevertheless, the situation with the migrants arriving every day is so bad now that one part of the people, mainly in the Eastern part of the country, started to join the patriots. Two movements are taking advantages of this new situation: PEGIDA and the AfD. 

In the last decennia, the results of the German patriots at the different elections were very low. Sometimes, one of the patriotic parties gets good results at the regional or European level, but it was often only a one shot situation and at the next election, they collapsed.

In October 2014, PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) was founded in Dresden in the Eastern part of the country and started to demonstrate there every Monday, just as the people started in Leipzig in 1989 and after that in different cities in Eastern Germany to go on the street against the situation in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). This movement leaded to the fall of this communist regime in November 1989. PEGIDA is more a movement than a party but it presented in June 2015 a candidate for the mayor of Dresden, Tatjana Festerling, who got 9.6% of the vote (the candidate of the AfD, Stefan Vogel, got 4.8 %).

The political parties of the system started political attacks against PEGIDA, insulting them and presenting the people as extremists. But they could not stop this movement. When 30,000 people are demonstrating together in the same city, it’s hard to explain that there are only extremists among them and more and more people are also understanding that the press that gets a lot of money from the state is there to spread the propaganda of the system and not to truly inform the people.

The AfD (Alternative for Germany) started in 2013 as an Eurosceptic party but they didn’t reach the 5% threshold or at least three constituency seats needed to enter the Parliament in the 2013 national election, getting 4.7 %. But the party won 7.1 % and 7 seats in the 2014 European election and entered the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group. In 2015, the AfD entered in different regional parliaments. After some trouble at the top of the party, the leader Bernd Lucke left and founded a softer party, Alfa, and Frauke Petry from the patriotic wing became the leading figure of the AfD.

Searching to develop itself, the AfD found a way to get money to finance its political activities: they started to sell gold at a reasonable price on the Internet and won millions of euros. But the party gets money from the state too and from its members (via membership fees or donations). The parties of the government, social-democrats from the SPD and conservatives from the CDU and the CSU, try to avoid this, amending the Political Parties Act to make these two things not compatible. Reacting to this, the AfD MEP Beatrix von Storch said: “If the party is not raising two million euro donation by the end of the year, we are bankrupt.”

In politics, the finances and the logistics of the parties are two very important things. If a party doesn’t have incomes and logistics it cannot develop itself in a professional way. If the system cannot stop the progression of an opposition party, he starts to attack the finances or the logistics of this party or uses other ways: when die Republikaner (The Republicans), an other German patriotic party, gained success at the end of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s, the political parties of the system undermined it, infiltrating people who caused provocations and die Republikaner fell down.

In Germany, different patriotic and nationalist parties emerged since WWII but they never succeed to stabilize themselves, they were only shooting stars. Will the AfD succeed to establish itself for a long time in the political landscape of the country? We will see, but the parties of the system will try to destroy it using every moral or immoral way possible and the press of the system will continue to present AfD and PEGIDA in a bad way.

To emerge and survive, a new political party has to face the official obstacles but it has to do more in trying to avoid and overcome all the attacks below the belt given to it by its contenders.

 

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