A new German anti-euro party is holding its first national conference. On Monday, Alternative fuer Deutschland presented itself as a very confident alternative. The party will stand in the German elections in September.
AfD leader Bernd Lucke, a conservative economics professor
and father of five, is not perturbed by his poll ratings of about 3 percent, which he says is “not so bad”.
Lucke said: “We will only tolerate a party, or enter into a coalition with a party, that completely changes course about saving the euro. We will not tolerate those plans and we will not enter into a coalition.”
AfD is widely considered to lack a charismatic figure in the style of Italy’s Beppe Grillo, whose stunning electoral success this year gave hope to populist movements elsewhere.
Carsten Koschmieder, a politics researcher at Berlin’s Free University said: “Things aren’t bad enough for Germans to vote for an anti-euro party. Germany is doing alright, people aren’t worried about their job or pension.
“There is simply no question mark over the currency itself
in the election,” he said. Like many other analysts, he sees the
AfD scoring around 2 percent.
Broad public approval for Angela Merkel’s handling of the euro zone crisis combined with
Germany’s relative immunity to the problems means there is
little appetite for an anti-euro party, pollsters and analysts