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Maximilian Kreter

Maximilian Kreter is a research fellow at the Hannah-Arendt-Institute for Totalitarianism Studies at the TU Dresden. His research interests include right-wing extremism, politically motivated violence, voting behaviour in (Western) Europe and youth-/subcultures.

A few years ago, Germany hardly had any significant populist radical right or extreme right parties in its parliaments. Now, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has strong local and regional roots and is represented in 14 of 16 state parliaments and in the Bundestag. The AfD: an imminent threat to democracy in Germany? Recent polls for the upcoming 2024 state elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony show the AfD as the strongest force in all three states, with support of up to 32% and 35%. Contrary to the oft-repeated perception that the AfD is an East German phenomenon, recent elections in Hesse and Bavaria in October of this year, where the party secured 18.4% and 14.6% respectively, coupled with national …