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After the Berlin election

What does the success of the right-wing AfD mean?

By Charles Lees  

The Chairwoman of German political party Alternative for Germany ©Markus Schreiber/AP/Press Association Images

Last Sunday’s state elections in Berlin provided conclusive proof, if it were needed, that the right-wrong populist party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) threatens the settled and often cosy world of German politics. As in other German state elections, such as the recent shock result in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the AfD took votes from all the mainstream parties. But the political class has been particularly…

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