"Can Trump also happen in Germany?"
That's what German newspaper Bild wondered on Thursday. Der Spiegel took a different approach, bemoaning that "It Becomes Lonely in Europe," as Berlin and Brussels must now deal with Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Donald Trump, in addition to local populists like Viktor Orban.
Germany might not be lonely for long. The European powerhouse, for obvious reasons, has for decades been hyper conscious of hate speech and xenophobia. In September's regional elections, however, the right-wing populist party AfD outperformed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Merkel took blame for her party's poor performance but nevertheless maintained that her refugee policy - which the AfD openly hates - was fundamentally right.
AfD was originally formed in 2013 to protest the euro, but has since morphed into an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party, and has taken to aping the anti-establishment rhetoric of the (also anti-immigrant, anti-Islam) "Pediga" movement.