From  The Economist - March 16 - 2019



Graphic detail Germany Then and now


A new paper on electoral geography unearths unsettling historical parallels


Few countries have done more than Germany to repent of the sins of the past. Its post-war constitution banned Nazi symbols and anti-democratic parties. For decades the conservative Christian Democratic Union has guarded the right-wing frontier of German politics and kept extremists out of parliament.


Against this background, many Germans were alarmed when the far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD) won 13% of the vote in 2017, making it the third-biggest force in parliament. The party was founded to oppose eu bail-outs of debt-stricken countries like Greece, which many Germans saw as a transfer from industrious German taxpayers to feckless Greeks. In 2013 it fell short of the 5% of votes needed to enter parliament. The AFD was then transformed as nationalists took it over and began to rail against immigrants and Islam.


The AFD rejects the "extremist" label. People seen giving Nazi salutes have "nothing to do with our party", said Beatrix von Storch, its deputy leader. And it goes without saying that the AFD's agenda, though distasteful to liberals, is not remotely similar to that of the Third Reich.


But a new paper finds an uncomfortable overlap between the parts of Germany that support the AFD and those that voted for the Nazis in 1933. At first glance, the link is invisible. The Nazis fared well in northern states like Schleswig-Holstein; the AFD did best in the former East Germany.


However, northern Germany has changed a lot. After the war, 12m ethnic Germans living in territory ceded to other countries fled to Germany. They flocked to northern states—by 1950 "expellees" made up 36% of Schleswig-Holstein—but mostly avoided the south-west. These transfers reshuffled Germany's political map.


It is only in areas where pre-war demographics still persist that electoral maps show strong echoes of the past. Parts of the south-west that backed the Nazis in 1933 also embraced the AFD, and those that shunned Hitler rejected it. Overall, the paper's authors found that among municipalities with average far-right support but few expellees, a 1% increase in the Nazis' vote share in 1933 was associated with an extra 0.3-0.5% gain for the AFD from 2013-17.


These findings should be understood in a modern context. The Nazis are not coming back. But it seems that modern German nationalism has deep historic roots. ■


THE  END  TIME  RISE  OF  GERMANY  INTO  A  POLITICAL,  ECONOMICAL,  AND  MILITARY  SUPER  POWER,  WILL  TAKE  PLACE,  BUT  YES  IT  WILL  NOT  BE  AS  LIKE  ITS  RISE  UNDER  ADOLF  HITLER.


THIS  TIME  AROUND  IT  WILL  HAVE  A  GREAT  AND  MIGHTY  “CHURCH”  AS  ITS  FULL  PARTNER.  CONDITIONS  ON  THE  EARTH  WILL  JUSTIFY  THIS  GERMAN-LED,  RELIGIOUS  HOLY  EUROPE  EMPIRE,  TO  TAKE  ACTION  THAT  WILL  BRING  IN  THE  LAST  42  MONTHS,  1260  DAYS,  OF  THIS  AGE,  THAT  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION  MENTIONS.


IT  WILL  BE  A  TIME  OF  TRIBULATION  ON  EARTH  THAT  THE  WORLD  HAS  NEVER  EXPERIENCED  BEFORE;  ALL  THAT  IS  WRITTEN  IN  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION  WILL  COME  TO  PASS,  AND  AS  JESUS  SAID  IN  MATTHEW  24,  IF  THOSE  DAYS  WERE  NOT  SHORTED,  NO  FLESH  WOULD  BE  SAVED  ALIVE.


BUT  JESUS  WILL  COME  IN  POWER  AND  MIGHT  AND  WILL  BRING  DESTRUCTION  ON  THE  NATIONS  OF  EARTH  THAT  ARE  DESTROYING  THE  EARTH.  


THE GREAT AND FAMOUS “BATTLE OF  ARMAGEDDON” [REVELATION 16]  WILL  TAKE  PLACE.


THE  PROPHECIES  OF  ZECHARIAH  12, 13, 14,  WILL  HAPPEN.


Keith Hunt