From Opera to MMA: Nationalist Symbolism and the German Far Right

August 12, 2021

The German far right is awash with allusion. Like elsewhere, coded communication is the rule among far-right German organizations and activists. References to old Norse myths abound, and many readers, whether from familiarity with mythology, white nationalism or Norse-inspired superhero movies,...

Beware! Populism Might be Bad for Your Health

January 27, 2021

Dresden is one of Germany’s great cities, known worldwide for its meticulously rebuilt historic center, destroyed in one night at the end of World War II. Pre-Christmas shoppers have probably come across a Dresdner Christmas stollen, a bread full of nuts and candied fruit, coated in powdered...

German Football for the “Real” Germans

December 04, 2020

Germany has three federal football leagues, with 56 professional teams. The elite 18 teams compete in the Bundesliga, the rest in the second and third divisions. Three decades ago, Germany was reunified. Yet until today, the vast majority of the clubs competing in the Bundesliga come from the...

Tracking German Neo-Nazism Through Music

January 03, 2019

German neo-Nazi bands attempt to appeal more broadly to an audience that is opposed to the government’s position on asylum-seekers. Plato once wrote, in an argument postulating the banning of music, that “any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole State.” While an extreme...

The Far Right Imagines a Totalitarian Other

November 28, 2018

Where left-leaning observers warn of a return of totalitarian nationalism, the far right warns of the return of socialist and communist totalitarian politics. With the rise of populist and far-right politics in Europe and beyond, the fear of the return of totalitarian politics has equally...