Monday, 1 September 2014

Good news, bad news from Saxony

In yesterday's elections for the Landtag (state parliament) in Saxony, the anti-EU AfD party gained a foothold, while the liberal Free Democrats lost representation. That is the message from France 24. However, German media are equally taken with the fact that the neo-Nazi NPD also fell below the electoral threshold (no English language version of the Spiegel report available at the time of writing).

This seems to mirror the trend in the UK. Here, the unacceptably racist parties - BNP, NF, English/Welsh Defence League etc. - are falling back, while the collar-and-tie UKIP attracts the narrow nationalist vote.

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