german right populist bad cop good cop

Friday, January 20th, 2017

a far right party in germany played bad cop/good cop this week. bjorn hocke (we in englilsh tend to remove everything that looks like an umlaut) a state representative from a state in the former east germany and frauke petry–one of the co-chairmans of the alternative fur deutschland (afd) party did that this week. hocke gave a nationalist speech that not only crossed all sorts of lines violating different unspoken codes in german culture but possibly also violated speech laws. you can read one version of what happened on the new york times website. the headline reads germany’s extreme right challenges guilt over nazi past. in an article from december, the new york times called hocke the posterboy of racism in germanyposterboy of racism in germany. one of the public TV channels in germany has the headline hoecke ist ein nazi.

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