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. ■
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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.