In Germany, the far-right AfD party relies on the energy crisis and inflation to try to bounce back

Anti-euro when it was founded in 2013, it became anti-immigration and anti-Islam thanks to the refugee crisis, in 2015-2016, then anti-masks and anti-vaccines at the height of the Covid-19 epidemic, in 2020 – 2021, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has once again changed priorities: Saturday 8 October is in the name of “Energy security” and some “fight against inflation” that his sympathizers were on the vast lawn that separates the Reichstag from the chancellery, in the heart of Berlin.

One year after the disappointing result of the September 2021 legislative elections (10.3%, down 2.3 points compared to 2017), the AfD intended to make this rally a show of strength. In total, the police counted just over 10,000 participants. Four times less, of course, compared to the demonstration in August 2020 against anti-Covid restrictions, at the end of which a few hundred far-right activists had tried to break into the Reichstag by force. But still double that of the last time the AfD called for a protest against Angela Merkel’s migration policy in Berlin, in May 2018.

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Basically, the few party officials who spoke on Saturday only repeated what they had been saying for weeks, which is that Germany would be much better off getting closer to Moscow. “Let’s free ourselves from sanctions!” “so hammered the president of the AfD, Tino Chrupalla, assuring him “Gas prices will return to normal when we buy cheap gas from Russia again”.

Attacks against the current Minister of Economy

Speaking like this in front of the demonstrators, some of whom arrived with Russian flags and others with signs calling for the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines to return to service, the strongman of the German far right applauded warmly. But it is above all his attacks on the current Minister of Economy, environmentalist Robert Habeck, that have brought him the most success.

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“Habeck has declared economic war on Russia. In truth, it is against our own country that is at war “Tino Chrupalla said, before the crowd sang: “Habeck muss weg! ” (“Habeck must cancel”). A direct echo of “Merkel muss weg! “ which marked the demonstrations of the AfD at the time of the former chancellor.

Even though his name was hissed, Social Democrat Olaf Scholz was not entitled to the same outburst on Saturday. In the midst of the demonstrators, Marc Vallendar, AfD deputy in the Berlin regional parliament, has an explanation: “Our chancellor is so transparent and insipid that it is not easy to mobilize against him. Habeck is much more divisive. Like Green, he embodies everything we fight for. “

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