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Weekly update: Dresden's 'Nazi emergency'

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

By Tom Carson

On Twitter: Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform, wrote an interesting thread on EU reform and discussing the strain in Franco-German relations.

Dresden has declared a "Nazi emergency", saying it has a serious problem with the far-right. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has long been viewed as a bastion of the far-right and is the birthplace of the anti-Islam Pegida movement. In state elections in September, support for the AfD surged, up 17.8% from 2014 to finish on 27.5%.

A recent survey showed that CDU and CSU supporters prefer CSU leader Markus Söder and the former head of the Bundestag faction, Friedrich Merz, to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as chancellor candidate.

The former heads of die Grünen, Cem Özdemir and Claudia Roth, have faced death threats according to reports. This comes amidst warnings of rising right-wing extremism in Germany.

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