Germany’s East-West Divide Fuels the Far Right

November 28, 2019

In September, citizens of the former East German states of Brandenburg and Saxony headed to the polls to elect their new legislatures. The results were, on the one hand, a breath of fresh air for traditional parties, in particular the Social Democrats (SPD) who, following a series of disastrous...

The Anti-Semitic Murder Germany Forgot

January 31, 2019

An analysis of 1980 murder of Shlomo Lewin and Frieda Poeschke reveals that it was disgracefully handled both by the police and the public. On the evening of December, 19, 1980, a double homicide was committed in the German city of Erlangen: A stranger shot and killed the Jewish publisher Shlomo...

Print Is Dead: Not For Germany’s Radical Right

July 04, 2018

Extremist publications in Germany defy the belief that print is dead, and that radical-right innovation happens online. Recent years have repeatedly seen debates over the radical right’s use of online spaces, especially social media platforms, to spread ideas, to connect and to mobilize....

Germany Remembers Solingen Arson Attack

May 30, 2018

The 1993 Solingen arson attack marked the climax of radical-right violence in Germany following reunification.  This year, the fatal arson attack in Solingen, a North Rhine-Westphalian city of around 160,000 inhabitants, marked its 25th anniversary. Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Foreign...