After we cheer our new found peace, we can think about what’s next.
Kemper explains the agendas of the groups that form the AfD and why it is dangerous to underestimate them.
Is the unraveling of democracy near? Is there a globalized racism epidemic? Or are people’s fears and prejudices of a different nature?
As the anniversary of the first demonstrations in Leipzig approaches, exactly a month from now in January, this text offers a good opportunity for reflection.
Another enlightening interview from our glocal politics and history writer: “Legida’s presence is a reminder that the image of Leipzig as Germany’s hipster capital is utterly incomplete… The city’s Head of Unit for Migration and Integration, Stojan Gugutschkow… shared some interesting insights [on Legida, xenophobia and related matters] and finished off with a message for Leipzig’s English-speaking community.”
Leipzig is not just cool alternative events and venues and beautiful parks and lakes and not just a sense of community and solidarity, either; unfortunately, as our political columnist explores today, the problem of xenophobia in Leipzig and its region, perhaps most infamously in Dresden, has been tainting the news for a while, long before Pegida and Legida came along.