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The far right: Can Germany defeat its demons?

September 6, 2018

The city of Chemnitz in the eastern German state of Saxony made headlines around the world for right-wing violence and anti-immigrant sentiment. But at a concert, tens of thousands took a stand against xenophobia and extremism. Can the movement 'There are more of us' last? Guests: Linda Vierecke (DW), Valerie Höhne (Spiegel Online), Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico)

Quadriga Matthew Karnitschnig
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Matthew Karnitschnig, chief Europe correspondent for Politico, says: "Germany's demons are necessary and will never be "overcome". The question is whether Germany's political elite is drawing the right lessons from history. The events of the past weeks suggest they are not."


Quadriga Valerie Höhne
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Valerie Höhne is a political correspondent for SPIEGEL ONLINE. She says: "The AfD community is gradually merging with right wing extremist groups in Germany. If the moderates in the party fail to take a stance against this development, they will be dominated by radicals.“



Quadriga Linda Vierecke
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Linda Vierecke, a DW's Reporter, says: "The events in Chemnitz have the potential to further divide German society."