Germany's Right-Wing Rising
Since the fall of 2014, the city of Dresden in the east German state of Saxony has witnessed protests by a movement calling itself PEGIDA, for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident. For weeks now, their numbers have been steadily growing, with police reporting up to 15,000 participants at the demonstration on Oct. 15.
Coming seemingly out of nowhere, what is happening in Germany in the past weeks cannot be explained by increasing numbers of refugees or the overall economic situation. Instead, the explanation for this phenomenon can be found in how German politicians have dealt with the crucial issue of immigration in recent years.
It seems that not all German citizens are applauding recent news which describes Germany as the second-most attractive country for migrants worldwide, with one of the most liberal immigration regimes in Europe. In July 2014, the Washington Post headlined an article: “The new land of opportunity for immigrants is Germany.”
Timo Lochocki is a non-resident transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.