- October 30, 2018
On October 30, 2018, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a Brown Bag Lunch on the topic “Inside AfD: A Critical Analysis of the New People´s Party” with Franziska Schreiber, author and former member of the board of the Junge Alternative (JA), the youth organization of the Alternative of Germany (AfD). Especially the events that have unfolded in Chemnitz over the last weeks have nourished the debate on whether the German Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution should monitor the party. A political assessment of the situation is still going on. Simultaneously, accusations targeting the radicalization of the party and its potential threat to democracy are increasingly voiced. In an interview with Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany, Franziska Schreiber presented the main theses of her recently published book “Inside AfD: Der Bericht einer Aussteigerin” and discussed the structures and motives of the AfD with all participants. The event also addressed current questions. For example, whether the AfD is weakened by Angela Merkel’s gradual farewell from politics and to what extent the party will be able and necessary to form a government in state parliaments in the future.