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It gets weird. Sahra Wagenknecht, leader of the Left faction in the German parliament, and Frauke Petry, party leader of the AfD, have given a joint interview to the FAS newspaper.

AfD and the Left: Reft and Light can be confused - Zeit

The fact that Wagenknecht, the leader of the very lefty left [...] met the leader of the very right AfD will be a the breaking of a taboo for many Left politicians.

... the last state elections showed a big congruence in the votership of both parties: many Left voters went to the AfD. ...

Petry made some offers: AfD is in favor of humane refugee camps and explicitly supports immigration. ... Completely new sounds by the AfD leader that had hitherto stressed isolation.

Wagenknecht weakened the demand of her party for open borders. "... a good demand in the future when everyone lives in prosperity" - thus not for the real world.

... common ground also in other areas: rejection of the Euro ("misconstruction" says Wagenknecht), criticizing the EU as undemocratic, demanding the repatriation of authority, no to TTIP and Ceta, ...

a left right coalition, like in Greece? Wagenknecht of course declines. Because the AfD is "nationalist and racist". ... Petry offers cooperation "in some points". ... both collect a lot of protest votes, according to surveys a quarter of the votes.

Wagenknecht herself will get into trouble with her party. She's been suspected of AfD-like positions. And now she's talking with Petry. For some people in the Left party it will be too much.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 at 03:55:50 PM EST
Is the actual interview online somewhere? The Left party is one of those things you can freely make things up about and "respectable" journalistic outlets have been more than eager to run with right is left and left is right stories since there is journalism. Here from Reuters about Austria's new chancellor:
Austrian chancellor gambles on far right's populist tactics | Reuters -
Four months after he took over a coalition government stunned by the far-right Freedom Party's electoral success, Austria's new chancellor has taken a populist turn, adopting positions remarkably close to those of his anti-immigration rivals.

But Christian Kern's new tactics, on Turkey joining the European Union and a trade deal with Canada, have yet to erode the Freedom Party's lead in opinion polls. And trying to beat the anti-immigration party at its own game could backfire.

Note the lack of anti-immigration content in these positions he shares with anti-immigration populists to beat them at their anti-immigration game.
by generic on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 at 04:26:49 PM EST
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It's behind a paywall.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 at 04:37:45 PM EST
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