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. […]

My statements: In depth: Is Alternative for Germany becoming too extreme? (The Local)

Rachel Loxton news@thelocal.de  9/7/2018 In depth: Is Alternative for Germany becoming too extreme? The populist AfD, founded in 2013 as an anti-Euro party, is known for views that run the gamut from job creation in deindustrialized areas to stricter caps on refugees. They provided a welcome change for many looking for an alternative to more […]

Trumpetisation. In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US” (my statements in Christian Science Monitor)

14th August 2017: “In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US” (analysis in Christian Science Monitor) The lack of a quick, clear response to the weekend events in Charlottesville from the White House left Europe – which has had a long struggle with racism and white supremacy – deeply concerned about Trump’s values.I was […]

Statement in Washington Times about the Right-wing populists after Trump´s winning

In Europe, right-wing parties find voice after Trump’s stunning performance Anti-immigrant sentiments sweeping throughout Europe French far-right leader Marine le Pen, a candidate in France’s spring presidential elections, called President-elect Donald Trump’s victory “a sign of hope” for those disillusioned by globalization.   View Comments Print By Patrick Costello — Special to The Washington Times […]

I call it “Black July”: After the terrorist attacks in Germany. My Statements about the consequences (Christian Science Monitor, 28th July 2016)

After – or despite – a violent week, Germany still turns to Merkel   Populists have tried to gain political footing over a threat they say was magnified by the chancellor’s ‘open door’ refugee policy. But many say that Merkel might actually gain politically after the attacks. By Rachel Stern, Correspondent JULY 28, 2016 Hannibal […]

After Nice: “Lone-wolf-terrorists as useful idiots for IS”, Interview with Radio Switzerland (18th July 2016)

After Nice: “Lone-wolf-terrorists as useful idiots for IS”, Interview with Radio Switzerland (18th July 2016), to listen here (in German):  http://www.srf.ch/news/international/einsame-woelfe-sind-nuetzliche-idioten-fuer-den-is Most important citations:  Klar scheint, dass es sich um einen «Einsamen Wolf» handelte. Mit dem Phänomen der radikalisierten Einzeltäter, die zu allem entschlossen aber kaum mit Komplizen vernetzt sind, hat sich Florian Hartleb beschäftigt. […]

My statements in Washington Times about “banning a political party in Germany” (24th April 2016)

German court asked to ban political party agitated by refugees The National Democratic Party organized a demonstration against Germany’s asylum law.   By Patrick Costello — Special to The Washington Times – – Sunday, April 24, 2016   BERLIN — Amid a refugee crisis and a surge of violence targeting foreigners, Germany’s highest court is […]