Xenophobia Is Going Mainstream in Germany

January 7, 2015 12:03 AM

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Xenophobia Is Going Mainstream in Germany

For the past several weeks, the East German city of Dresden has been the site of weekly demonstrations organized by a recently formed group called PEGIDA, the German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. Yesterday’s rally was the largest yet, drawing 18,000 people.

PEGIDA’s presence is significant enough that it drew a denunciation from Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as from dozens of politicians and celebrities who published a petition in the country’s most popular tabloid, Bild, criticizing the rallies. PEGIDA’s supporters might be a minority, but they’re ...

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