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Pegida: Why is the populist right on the rise in Germany?

How has this “anti-Islamisation” movement managed to mobilise huge crowds in less than three months?

By Catrin Nye  

Participants of a grass-roots anti-Muslim movement hold German flags during a demonstration in Berlin January 5, 2015. © REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

The noisiest bit of the Pegida march is the brief moment, at a Dresden tram intersection, at which demonstrators meet their opposition, something the German police have blocked along most of the route. Here, an argument is raging between Dresden’s young and old. I’m in the city to make a…

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