4. Second, CSU lost more to AfD than CDU, despite having an almost as populist radical right discourse as AfD. Sure, they couldn't get much policy change, but that at least shows that discourse minus policy doesn't work.
5. But now to most important point. While AfD won most votes from Union, proportionately Die Linke lost most votes to AfD! Union lost 5.4% of its 2013 electorate to AfD, Die Linke 10.7% (!), almost twice as much! 😮
14. Neither NPD nor AfD has really strong infrastructure or roots in the East. Rather, they are vehicles for even more extreme rightists to pursue their own politics through, like Bjorn Höcke in Thuringia.