Like the US, Germany has seen the rapid growth and radicalization of domestic right-wing movements. Racist, anti-semitic conspiracy theories are actively imported over the Atlantic and influence the political debate in Germany. Just this month, Germany’s intelligence services declared the youth wing of the the radical Alternative for Germany party as “definitively right-wing extremist” and “incompatible with the constitution”. National statistics show that politically motivated violence, in particular right-wing violence, has reached historic levels: since the December 2022 coup attempt by the Reichsbürger movement, police forces have continued to uncover additional plots against the German government and have regularly arrested right-wing conspirators.
In this conversation with Steven Sokol, President of the American Council on Germany (ACG), Ricarda Lang will discuss her party’s efforts to counter the rise of anti-democratic forces in Germany, Europe, and across the Atlantic, and to rebuild trust in democracy. The discussion will aim to draw out shared lessons for democratic actors on both sides of the Atlantic, as they confront this common challenge to their democracies.
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 30th, 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: 1014 Fifth Ave, New York, New York 10028