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    Best analysis of the German election so far, by @martineiermann. Here are the key takeaways (and best maps)! institute.global/insight/renewi… 1/

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    AfD now has mass support. In about half the country, it is the strongest party (and in some parts, like Dresden, it’s the strongest). 2/

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    This includes lots of support among relatively young people. Its strongest supporters are not 65+ but rather 30-59. 3/

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    --> AfD is no longer a fringe party. It’s done well across geographical regions and demographic groups. This is a turning point. 4/

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    But the AfD has done *especially* strongly in the three kinds of areas shown on this map. They are... 5/

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    i) East German regions with stagnant economies and low immigration. 6/

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    ii) Southern regions w strong economies. “If one were to search for stereotypically German communities, many of them would fit the bill.” 7/

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    iii) Underperforming suburbs of cities like Berlin, Leipzig and Duisburg that have experienced a lot of *recent* immigration. 8/

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    One of the implications: the old strategies by which Germany contained extremist parties no longer work. 9/

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    To withstand the rise of the AfD, Germans thus needs to do two things: 10/

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    First, Germans needs to counter-mobilize. The time actively to stand up to the AfD is now. 11/

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    Second, politicians need to offer an ambitious, forward-looking political alternative. This also means the SPD has to reinvent itself. 12/

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    My own two cents: To put it mildly, it's far from sure than any of this will happen. So Germany's future's looking pretty uncertain... 13/13

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    Obviously, I mean that the AfD is the *second* strongest party in about half hte country.

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