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British expats in Leipzig react to Brexit

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The Leipzig Glocal has gauged the reaction of British expats in Leipzig to Brexit.

“They’re sitting on the doorstep with tear-streaked faces, defiantly telling anyone who’ll listen that they didn’t want to live there anyway, but secretly feeling lost and alone. It’s an image I just can’t shake.”

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Andreas Kemper’s take on today’s AfD

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Kemper explains the agendas of the groups that form the AfD and why it is dangerous to underestimate them.

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Divisive Nationalism in today’s world

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Is the unraveling of democracy near? Is there a globalized racism epidemic? Or are people’s fears and prejudices of a different nature?

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A dance with peers: first anti-Legida demo

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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.

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America’s Pegida

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President-elect Donald Trump in 2011. Photo: Gage Skidmore, flickr

“In America, Donald Trump has climbed to the top of the early polls for the Republican nomination. And in Germany a sizeable but still minority portion of the population has xenophobic or racist tendencies. The question is if the Pegida or the Trump strategies have long-term staying power or if their impact is only temporary or sporadic.”

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“Don’t give Legida more attention than it deserves”

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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.”

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