The humanities and social science

2021 Issue №2

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Evolution of «Alternative for Germany» in 2017—2021



As many as six parties made a precedent to be simultaneously elected in post-war German history in the elections to the Bundestag in 2017. Moreover, the right-wing radical party, Alternative for Germany, was able to enter the Parliament for the first time. The emergence of the party in the social and political space of the country and in the Parliament aroused in German society and science an increased interest in the phenomenon of right-wing populism. The Alternative for Germany rapidly became the focus of attention of political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, etc. It was assumed that Alternative for Germany could have several main scenarios of development: gradually move closer to the center and become a systemic party, disappear after several electoral cycles, or continue moving to the right. By the elections to the Parliament in 2021, the party strengthened its positions in the eastern regions of the country, while continuing to shift to the right. This article examines the internal struggle among members of the party, the evolution of program guidelines and the results of the party congress in Dresden on April 10—11, 2021.