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Reader comment on item: Germany's Freiheit Party Joins the Fray
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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 4, 2010 at 18:51

John, my impression so far is you are right, there are some issue in order to survive. Looking at this party from a distance of 600km with myself on the western banks of the Rhine they look somewhat East-Berlin-grayish. Not exactly like Wilders who can be utterly funny in the dutch parliament on top of everything else. Then this is an 82million people country with at least one layer of administration, one layer of party-hierarchy more than in the Netherlands. That is why it is not all that easy to get media attention. The right wing suspicion problem is massive in german media. That is unlike anywhere else in Europe. Federal bank board member Sarazzin was more or less sacked over the publication of his book about problems with muslim immigrants. On the other hand this party will not attract the traditional far-right-wing electorate for those people are antisemitic. Die Freiheit is probably the first party in Germany that points at another country as a role model for democracy, Switzerland in this case. This is completely new. Until present day everybody in Germany has been raised with the idea that Germany has the most modern democracy in the western world. Well, Switzerland beat Spain in the football worldcup this year while we lost as we did in the finals 2008. Maybe there is something to learn from the swiss...

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