PEGIDA - Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (or "West") - is a Dresden-based movement which has been organizing public demonstrations since October 2014.
The group calling itself "Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes" was founded by Lutz Bachmann and drew support across the country, with citizens taking to the streets in local marches set up by PEGIDA offshoots. It provoked criticism and major counter-demonstrations as well, often outnumbering the original marchers. Political leaders in Germany, including President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel, cautioned that PEGIDA protests represented xenophobia and racism. The success of PEGIDA is believed to be rooted in widespread dissatisfaction with immigration policies in Europe, accompanied by a growing alienation towards the political class. PEGIDA has also courted by far the most success in less affluent areas of Germany. This page collates recent DW content with PEGIDA among the keywords.
Support for Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany is up. According to a poll released during the week, the AfD has overtaken the center-left Social Democrats. That poll was released after a German man was fatally stabbed in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. His death sparked a wave of anti-immigrant protests. DW's Political Correspondent Thomas Sparrow joins Keith Walker with the latest.
The resentments at play over migrants in Germany have reached a dangerous level following the stabbing of a German man. In Chemnitz DW's Jefferson Chase also saw how the far-right protesters are co-opting German history.
Many prominent members of the far-right Alternative for Germany are seemingly unafraid of espousing racist ideology and historical revisionism. Experts warn the organization is becoming increasingly radicalized.