Unfortunately, I am having the same impression. Except that the threshold is rapidly sinking. The numbers are not there but “die Stimmung” (i.e. mood) is. Seemingly rational people spit out the anti-immigrant tough guy rhetoric in a country which is economically booming!
This is correct
as is this
But unfortunately 2+2 doesn’t seem to make 4 in 2017. Die Linke are almost as bad on immigration as AfD (I also spent too much time listening to candidates and reading up on policies) the Greens are internally too split to offer a serious alternative. And the right-wing neoliberal opportunists seem to be winning the long game in the SPD. The democratic system in Germany is being tested. Not to the same extent as in the UK but it is being tested.
The most depressing bit is how extraordinarily misinformed Germans are on the EU–and how easily they dump everything that they dislike at the EUs feet. I watched this same process happening in the UK when we were living there. And let me tell you it’s f***ing depressing to watch it in Germany now.
Anecdote: Trying to buy garlic at Lidl. I couldn’t figure out where said garlic originated from (yes, I am a garlic snob!) It had Italian writing but didn’t look like Italian garlic. Asked shop assistant for help. She figured out Italian importer / Chinese garlic and added spitefully because EU. At which point I had to ask and ask again what she was on about.
Apparently Lidl is selling Chinese garlic bcs EU? Ha? And people feel so confident about such BS that they just spit it out in the middle of work. I explained to her that Lidl selling Chinese garlic has nothing to do with EU. and everything to do with Lidl profit margins and that I can buy perfectly fine Italian garlic in Italy which is also in the EU. She was not having it…Chinese garlic bcs EU…
I give up. But I do hope the CSU sinks into a very very deep Alpine lake never to re-emerge again before I do…