The Illusionary Giant of German Politics: The AfD? (TruLies Blog by Timo Lochocki)

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Despite the recent successes of the right wing populist Alter­native for Germany (AfD), could it turn out to be but an illusionary giant? In his contri­bution to the TruLies Blog, Timo Lochocki names four reasons, why the AfD’s polling might collapse over the next year. Lochocki sees striking vulner­a­bil­ities that might substan­tially decrease popular support until Germany’s federal election in September 2017.

This article was first published on the d|part blog as part of a series of national experts commenting on the rise of populist parties across Europe. d|part is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan think tank based in Berlin, focusing on research and debate about various forms of political partic­i­pation. Timo Lochocki is a transat­lantic fellow with the Europe program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a lecturer for European Politics at Humboldt University Berlin.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Timo Lochocki’s contri­bution can be found here.