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 […]

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 […]