I’m rather surprised at this article published in the New Yorker. It seems to sympathize with Frauke Petry, mother, scientist, and leader of Germany’s most successful nationalist phenomenon since the Second World War, the AfD.
Petry is portrayed as an intelligent, rational leader. For me, the author should have taken a stronger position either for or against the far-right AfD. The article was rather wishy washy, neither objective nor subjective reporting.
I take strong exception to both the Far Left and the Far Right because for both the end justifies the means. Leaders of both the Far Left and Far Right, like Petry are presented as populist leaders but they are generally surrounded by extremists fanning fear which sometimes leads to violence. It’s important to remember the last Far Right government in Germany – the Nazi Party led by Hitler.