Why the Far-Right AfD Creates Shock Waves in Germany

The euroskeptic, anti-immigration and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party has upended the country’s normally staid politics, demonstrating that Europe’s biggest economy isn’t immune to the populism that has permeated its European Union neighbors. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and Germany’s other mainstream parties swore off any cooperation with the AfD, even after it emerged as the third-strongest political force in the 2017 national election. But its pivotal role in the selectio