The Irish Times has a nice short article on the new euroskeptic party in Sunday’s German elections: The Alternative for Germany (AfD):
Three years after the first Greek bailout, their message has struck a nerve with German voters, particularly after German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble conceded in August that Greecewould require a third EU-International Monetary Fund programme worth about €4 billion. Now AfD posters urge voters to transform next Sunday’s poll from federal election to “referendum on the euro”.
The party has drawn support from three groups: academics and economists critical of politicians; comfortable middle-class voters concerned at the effects of the euro crisis on their finances; and political chancers who hop on every new bandwagon.
The photograph shows the leader of the AfD, academic Bernd Lucke, in front of a sign saying auf Deutsch that “Draghi gambles, you pay.” Mario Draghi is the head of the European Central Bank. I admire this Lucke guy;here is a Der Spiegel article saying that British euroskeptics are rooting for Lucke and his new party:
When Bernd Lucke, the head of the euroskeptic party Alternative for Germany (AfD), visited the United Kingdom before the summer break, he was courted as an honored guest. Lawmakers from the governing Conservative Party met with him in private. The country’s main news show, BBC’s “Newsnight,” brought him in for a prime-time studio interview. Instead of being berated as a right-wing populist, he was praised for his intelligence.
“He is an extremely impressive figure”, says Douglas Carswell, one of the leading euroskeptics of the Conservative Party. “He’s very highly thought of by conservatives.”
I agree! Can’t wait until Sunday afternoon!