Statement about the new right-wing terrorism in Germany (case “Lübcke”) in the Spiegel-Magazine (Title story, English version), 22nd June 2019

Der Spiegel, Magazine (22nd June 2019) International Father, Neighbor, KillerGermany’s Chilling New Far-Right Terror The recent politically motivated assassination of a prominent local leader in Germany has raised concern about the growing threat of far-right extremism in the country. As investigators search for possible accomplices, politicians are struggling to find answers to the escalating violence. By […]

Statements after European elections in Deutsche Welle about the radical right in Germany

Deutsche Welle GERMANY, 27/May 2019, Author: Austin Davis  EU election: AfD surge in eastern Germany sets up clash of cultures The far-right AfD has emerged as the strongest political party in Germany’s formerly communist East. With the Greens winning big among young, urban voters though, the East-West divide looks set to deepen further. In Sunday’s European […]

Workshop on the Transformation in the European Party System in the German Federal Foreign Office (10th May 2019)

On 10th May I participated on an Expert Workshop in the German Federal Foreign Office on “European Parliament Elections 2019. Drivers and Impacts of the Transformation in the European Party System”. The organizer was the Berlin-based Institut für Europäische Politik together with the Planning of the German Federal Foreign Office.  “The Institut für Europäische Politik […]

Statements on the ties of German right-wing populist party and Russia (Deutsche Welle)

GERMANY Calls for AfD lawmaker accused of Russia ties to resign German lawmakers have condemned Markus Frohnmaier amid reports that he was under the influence of the Kremlin. However, the scandal may not be enough to stop the nationalist party from making gains in state elections.      Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) called […]

After Christchurch: Statements in Spiegel-Magazin Titelstory (23rd March 2019) – here in English version

From the Web to Real LifeThe Growing Threat of Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the internet has forged a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network […]

Interview in Deutsche Welle about the Estonian elections and the far right

Deutsche Welle , 4/3/2019 EUROPE Far-right ‘stoking fears’ in Estonia’s parliamentary election The far-right EKRE received nearly 18 percent of the vote in Estonia’s recent parliamentary election. Political scientist Florian Hartleb talks to DW about the party’s origins, and what its success means for Europe.      DW: The center-right opposition Reform Party won Sunday’s election in Estonia. […]