Europe’s Identitarians march in step with the AfD

Europe’s Identitarians march in step with the AfD
Tom McGurk at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

Is the success of the right-wing German party and its supporters a warning from history, or a premonition of the future?

I reported from East Germany in 1989 in the final months before the Berlin Wall came down and Germany was reunified. It was an eye-opener. To travel from West to East in Berlin at that time was like travelling from the 1980s back to 1950s. Their attitudes, their clothes, their dental work . . . East Berliners were distant and seemed occupied and moody.

The whole place badly needed a coat of paint and a splash of colour. But...

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