Germany on a course to the right

According to a survey, half of germans believe society has moved to the right

If, according to a yougov survey of more than 2,000 germans, 49 percent believe that german society has shifted to the right, this is hardly surprising. For a long time now, people have been talking about the "extremism of the center" authoritarian tendencies have also increased, xenophobia and anti-semitism were able to gain strength long before the new influx of refugees under the rejection of muslims, and most recently pegida, afd and right-wing movements made the development unforeseeable (survey: 29 percent of germans sympathize with the pegida movement).

It is rather surprising that 26 percent believe that nothing has changed politically in the last 5 years. 10 percent declare that their political attitude has shifted to the left. However, this could rather be those to whom the black-red government appears to be left-wing and who can rather be located in the right-wing spectrum. It would have been interesting to find out whether those on the right also see a shift to the right, which would mean that they see themselves as right-wingers.

Yougov also asked britons and french how they see the development in germany, especially since germany is increasingly seen as the country that dominates the other european countries and wants to lead the way as in the case of greece or the refugees (merkel alone in the european house). In france, where people have long been used to a strong right-wing with the front national, only 31 percent see a shift to the right in germany, while 14 percent see a move to the left. In the UK, where ukip is also driving the conservatives to the right and the labour party is in crisis, only 17 percent believe this, while 15 percent in germany identify a leftward trend.

For the french – and the british – germany, with its increased right-wing tendency, is probably just one of the other countries where the right, including right-wing extremists, have long been on the rise and, as in hungary or poland, are also in government. In france, where the front national was able to make further significant gains in the last elections, the move further to the right is, of course, likewise unpredictable. 42 percent of the french see this as well, 17 percent see a left tendency, which in turn was more likely to come from the right, since the left tends to weaken in government and in opposition. 40 percent of britons also believe that the mood of their compatriots has increasingly moved to the right.

In all three countries, people ame that there is an increasing shift to the right, which has long since reached large parts of the center, which also means that the ies of right-wing politics are gaining in dominance and becoming hopeful. Nevertheless, 57 percent of germans believe that the federal government and the states should invest more money in the fight against right-wing extremism, and 68 percent believe that the number of violent acts committed by right-wing extremists has risen in the last 10 years.