I often hear people say: "We don't trust the Russian media, but the Germans are not much better." But you can also deprive them of this fertile soil!It is possible whenever institutions and established parties work together with self-managed Russian German groups and when the parties support and promote politically active Russian Germans.The signatories complain about the "very one-sided portrayal of ethnic Germans from Russia as a particularly motivated group of voters" of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (Af D).The letter states in no uncertain terms: "We are not the Af D, not the CDU, and not Putin's fifth column!
When the waves of ethnic Germans moved from Russia to Germany, many Russian Germans found or were provided with affordable housing.
DW's Kate Brady visited the Af D stronghold of Pasewalk, which locals say has become a victim of German reunification.
() Petry, ex-co-chair of the far-right Af D, plans to form a new grouping at regional and federal levels.
But can you deny the fact that in the German states that used to make up West Germany — particularly in the areas where many ethnic Russian Germans live — the Af D has recently received 20 or 30 or even 40 percent of the vote in state elections?
I am familiar with reports that claim that this is how it is in particular districts of certain cities.