Germany's version of UKIP, the AfD or Alternative for Germany party, has reached the same understanding as our domestic party as to the best way to electoral success. Former members of the right-wing parties are banned; former National Democrats absolutely, former Republican Party members subject to a test of their xenophobia. The policy of keeping party images free of skinheads with face-tattoos is allied to the party showing off its academics; Der Spiegel reports that the party is able to find resonance in liberal, middle-class and conservative circles. "Sympathizing with the AfD isn't frowned upon."
Der Spiegel reports the campaign ads 'are as threatening as a commercial for the local optician. It features outraged, but
pleasant-seeming citizens -- a father and his daughter, a
newspaper-reading businesswoman and a cyclist -- looking thoughful while
asking questions. "Why is all our money going to Greece, instead of
being invested in damaged streets and bridges?", one person asks. "Why
are pensioners left with an ever-smaller amount of money in their
wallets? Who is paying for the debt that our politicians are accruing?",
Coming from nowhere, the party now has 10,000 members - and the outside chance of a seat in the Bundestag by the end of the month.