By: Steve Dellar | 09-11-2018 | News
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Germany - Der Spiegel: “What’s Next For AfD? The Whole Country?”

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The traditional German press, which since the immigration crisis of 2015 has consistently picked the side of the Merkel government, has seen its share in the media landscape in Europe’s biggest economy slide ever since.

Right-wing websites in Germany are being read all over and people are regularly choosing to no longer let themselves be influenced by the traditional Mainstream Media (or MSM).

But as of late, Germany’s biggest Magazine Der Spiegel is slowly coming to terms with what’s important in the country.

Whereas last week their cover spoke of Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen in German) where rightwing demonstrations in Chemnitz followed the arrest of two asylum seekers in connection with the murder of a man in the city, this week they chose to do their cover on the AfD political party, the anti-immigrant rightwing block in the German parliament that is now polling as the second biggest political force in the German Heimat.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Jewish restaurant attacked in Chemnitz</a>.

Mr Detlef Hübner, a businessman from Hofheim near Frankfurt, agrees that the media has changed in Germany. He claims: “Very slowly, conservative voices have become a minority in the German media landscape, which I find increasingly leftwing, green and pro-regulation in tone.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Nach Seehofer, Kretschmer und Maaßen kann keiner der AfD noch mehr zuarbeiten und deren Frame bestärken.<br>Der Spiegel „Hold my beer…“ <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Dejan Mihajlović (@DejanFreiburg) <a href="">September 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Because of this, Germans are turning to alternative news outlets who see that a growing number of readers feel the traditional press is too loyal to Angela Merkel, the long-serving chancellor, and her brand of moderate, centrist politics.

The new outlets’ relevance is increasing as political divisions in Germany deepen, a trend highlighted by Der Spiegel’s article.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Treffender Artikel.<br>Was sich in den Medien seit über einer Woche abspielt, spottet jeder Beschreibung.<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AfD</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bundestag</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Chemnitz</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wirsindmehr</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sachsen</a><a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Alice Weidel (@Alice_Weidel) <a href="">September 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The conservative voters who have shifted allegiance from Ms. Merkel’s CDU/CSU are tired of having themselves branded as the far-right and therefore are turning off from traditional media. Only German tabloid Bild seems to buck the trend so far.

Germany has local elections in October in its rich Bavaria region. It will be interesting to see how the media will cover the AfD result.

Be sure to let us know what you think of the AfD’s rise in Germany hereunder in the comments section.


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Anonymous No. 36697 2018-09-11 : 08:50

Germans are becoming a minority in the German landscape

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