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. […]

Statements in The Guardian: “Is Germany’s media to blame for the inexorable rise of the AfD?”

Is Germany’s media to blame for the inexorable rise of the AfD? Ben Knight   Wed 14 Nov 2018    AfD politician Björn Höcke, left, with Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann, second from right, in a commemoration march in Chemnitz in September. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP Political journalists in Berlin often do a thing called Hintergrundgespräch. This “background conversation” […]

My statements about AfD in Berlin Policy Journal

BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018   SHARE      BEN KNIGHT , OCTOBER 30, 2018 The far-right AfD has gained ever more popularity since its breakthrough in 2017. The party’s rise has been aided by German media and politics, and its rise is set to continue. Political journalists in Berlin often do a thing called a Hintergrundgespräch. This “background conversation,” as […]

My statements in USA about the upcoming German elections (and the rise of populism)

Why more Germans are anti-Trump than anti-immigration Austin Davis, Special for USA TODAY Published 1:46 p.m. ET Sept. 18, 2017 | Updated 4:35 p.m. ET Sept. 18, 2017 Since Donald Trump became President, Germany has seen a spike in its citizenship applications from the United States. Buzz60 (Photo: Christof Stache, AFP/Getty Images) BERLIN — After Donald Trump 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 […]

My statements in Washington Times about Berlin elections and the consequences (15th September)

Germany’s open door for refugees to hit Merkel’s coalition in Berlin elections     German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pictures taken with refugees in Berlin. (Associated Press/File) more >   View Comments Print By Patrick Costello – Special to The Washington Times – – Thursday, September 15, 2016 BERLIN — The U.S. isn’t the only major […]