The Financial Times is touting it as 'Germany's Anti Europe Party'. The Alternative fur Deutschland - AfD has won about 7.5% in the European Union elections over the weekend. This is surely sending a message. The question is which one: anti immigration, mass populism, or de-frocking the giant EU bureaucracy of all its layers and trying to make it a sleeker and more elegant version?
But some critics see the AfD as nothing less than the latest attempt to revive German nationalism, despite its terrible history, and using the euro crisis to gain support. One political opponent recently condemned Mr Lucke as a “disguised salon fascist”. The 51-year-old economics professor rejects such attacks. Like other rightwing EU parties, Mr Lucke wants a Europe of nation states – not a federal Europe – and promises to take an axe to the Brussels bureaucracy.