Alarm for democracy in Thuringia

Extreme right-wing party election gain shows a split society

Three decades after the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, the regional election in Thuringia last Sunday (27 October 1989) has shown up the deep splits that still divide society and the difficulties facing democracy.

Faith leaders have warned of an extreme split in society, after poll results which gave the extreme right-wing party, the AfD (Alternative for Germany) 24% of the vote, making them the second strongest party, in the eastern…