Tag: Germany

In Controversial Company: Conservatives and Far Right United on German Unity Day

Despite the attempts to draw a clear line between conservatism and the far right, the eastern German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) celebrated the highly symbolic 30th anniversary of German Unity Day together with the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) – and without their left-wing coalition partners.  Introduction On 3 October 2020, Germany celebrated the… Continue reading “In Controversial Company: Conservatives and Far Right United on German Unity Day”

QAnon In Germany: How The Pro-Trump Theory Is Infecting Europe

QAnon has spread through the Republican Party in America at a rapid pace, and now, it’s proliferating in Germany and throughout Europe. A couple of weeks days ago, a motley crew of protesters — ranging from ordinary citizens, anti-vaccination activists, anti-5G activists, and a range of other esoteric groups nostalgically yearning for a time when… Continue reading “QAnon In Germany: How The Pro-Trump Theory Is Infecting Europe”

How Fascists Used Summer Camps To Recruit Young People

From Hitler in Germany to Mussolini in Italy, fascists used leisure activities to recruit and indoctrinate the next generation of fascists. ‘Summer camps … helped to integrate enthusiastic young people more firmly into the movement, shaping their lives by giving them an unforgettable summer and convincing them that by becoming fascists they were helping both… Continue reading “How Fascists Used Summer Camps To Recruit Young People”

‘Press the Reset Button:’ Right-Wing Extremism in Germany’s Military

The Scandal In June 2020, German newspapers first reported a disturbing – but perhaps unsurprising – scandal involving special forces of the German Federal Army (Bundeswehr), the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK). A young officer of the KSK had written a letter to the German Minister of Defence, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer (CDU), outlining what he chastised as… Continue reading “‘Press the Reset Button:’ Right-Wing Extremism in Germany’s Military”

The Infiltration of Law Enforcement by Racist Extremists

Law enforcement agencies have been breeding grounds for far-right ideology for decades, and not just in the United States. As protests continue to bring cities across the United States to a standstill, the problem of racist policing is more evident than ever before. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department… Continue reading “The Infiltration of Law Enforcement by Racist Extremists”

Narrating the ‘Great Replacement’ for the German Goon Squads: Akif Pirinçci’s Umvolkung (2016) Book

As CARR Senior Fellow, Dr Andreas Önnerfors notes: the 153 pages of rage contained in Akif Pirinçci’s Umvolkung (2016) book openly incites hatred against the ‘invaders’ as much as against their presumed puppet-masters, saturated by a vulgar language of violence, it is a racist rant of baseless accusations. As Önnerfors finds, it does not surprise… Continue reading “Narrating the ‘Great Replacement’ for the German Goon Squads: Akif Pirinçci’s Umvolkung (2016) Book”

The German AfD Makes Appeals To Russian-Germans

The far-right AfD party has been trying to exploit Russian-Germans feelings of neglect, nostalgia, and fear. They’re experiencing some success. “We open the borders for migrants, but the doors to Germany are closed for ethnic Germans in crisis regions.” This critical statement on Germany’s recent immigration policy came from Waldemar Herdt, an MP for the Alternative für… Continue reading “The German AfD Makes Appeals To Russian-Germans”

Militaries Around The World Have A Neo-Nazi Problem

Military institutions and police forces are failing to contain right-wing extremism within their ranks, and the problem goes beyond just “a few bad apples.” After news coming from Germany that an elite military unit has had to disband and a local police chief has resigned due to right-wing extremism concerns, there seems to be legitimate questions about the scale… Continue reading “Militaries Around The World Have A Neo-Nazi Problem”

How to laugh away the far-right: lessons from Germany

In the many instances where far-right activity attempts to exhibit solemnity, gravity, or strength, a well-aimed joke is a powerful act of resistance. Counter-mobilisation against far-right activism takes many forms, adopts many practices—but humour is one of the most persistent tactics. Time and again far-right movement organisations carry out actions laden with pretensions of gravity… Continue reading “How to laugh away the far-right: lessons from Germany”

Why did Heidegger emerge as the central philosopher of the far right?

Heidegger’s philosophy has legitimised the far right’s regional environmentalism, populism and cultural racism. On 28 May 2020, Björn Höcke, the leader of Germany’s far-right party Alternative für Deutschland in the state of Thuringia published a glossy picture of himself on his Facebook profile. On the photo, one can see him sitting on a park bench… Continue reading “Why did Heidegger emerge as the central philosopher of the far right?”