Timothy Garton Ash: “I'm in favor of not disqualifying every AfD voter as racist or Nazi”


WORLD: Mr. Garton Ash, In the updated epilogue of your bestseller, “A Century Is Voted Out,” you also write about something that did not exist in 1989: Pegida and the AfD. As a historian you have repeatedly directed your analytical view of East and West German sensitivities. Have you found an answer to the frequently asked questions in Germany about how to deal with the AfD?

Timothy Garton Ash: The AfD is also a shocking phenomenon for me. I never thought that a folk rhetoric, that such a vocabulary, such thinking, would come back so quickly, so penetratingly, so bluntly, and outrageously. That's shocking.

WORLD: Did that surprise you?

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