German euroscepticism: Alternative für Deutschland in 2014

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Abstract

The 2014 European Parliament (EP) election in Germany was marked by the success of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), a new eurosceptic party that gained 7 percent of the vote. The party had been founded in protest against the government’s euro policies, calling for the end of the common currency. Its electoral performance might thus be attributed to critical views of the European Union (EU) in Germany. However, the AfD also advocated stricter immigration policies. Moreover, its success might have been at least partly due to voters' desire to signal government disenchantment. While AfD supporters were indeed strongly opposed to immigration and critical of the political establishment and the government, analyses of survey data reveal that it was in fact euroscepticism that drove their vote choice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Eurosceptic 2014 European Parliament Elections
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Order or Second Rate?
EditorsJulie Hassing Nielsen, Mark N. Franklin
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages37-56
Number of pages20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2016

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in European Union Politics
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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Keywords

  • euroscepticism
  • Alternative für Deutschland
  • populism
  • anti-immigration politics

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Reher, S. (2016). German euroscepticism: Alternative für Deutschland in 2014. In J. Hassing Nielsen, & M. N. Franklin (Eds.), The Eurosceptic 2014 European Parliament Elections: Second Order or Second Rate? (pp. 37-56). (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics). London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58696-4_3