‘Merkel’s bogeyman’

Published on 15 April 2013 at 09:44


In the wake of the official launch of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party, Tageszeitung leads with a front-page image of an old-style 100 Deutschemark note, showing the 16th Century cartographer Sebastian Münster. Led by economist Bernd Lucke, the party has already attracted 6,000 members, “many of whom are former [Christian Democrat Union and Social Democrat] and liberal party members.”
AfD, which seeks to offer an alternative to the euro and the policy adopted by Angela Merkel, could poach large numbers of votes in September’s general election. Is this “a conservative delusion of grandeur or a realistic possibility?” wonders the newspaper.

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