The German state of Saxony has gained notoriety as it struggles with xenophobia and right-wing extremism. The bad image has become a problem for Saxony's business, as well. Now, many companies are no longer willing to sit by and tolerate xenophobia.
Jürgen Kasek believes in pluralist debate. In his home state Saxony, Donald Trump's election victory has also given Germany's right-wing populists new impetus. Kasek stands up to them.
A study on right-wing extremism has caused quite a stir. The CDU's Michael Kretschmer says the study makes generalized accusations against eastern Germans. Trade unionist Thomas Disselmeyer disagrees.
Members of the Bundestag have demanded a crackdown on rising xenophobia, especially in Saxony. Chancellor Angela Merkel was conspicuously absent from the debate, which was intended to send a signal against racism.
Government-commissioned researchers have found that cultural holdovers from communism, and not just economic factors, encourage right-wing radicalism. But they also identified a pernicious western German influence.
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