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PODCAST: Has a decade of the AfD changed Germany, and why is Berlin repeating elections?

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The Local - [email protected] • 12 Feb, 2023 Updated Sun 12 Feb 2023 09:21 CEST
PODCAST: Has a decade of the AfD changed Germany, and why is Berlin repeating elections?

We talk about support from Germany after earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, why Berlin is repeating elections, the influx of STEM workers from abroad, how the AfD has changed politics and society, the popularity of American football in Germany and Valentine's phrases.

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In the latest episode, host Rachel Loxton is joined by journalists Imogen Goodman and Aaron Burnett, as well as political scientist Florian Hartleb and professor of sports management Sebastian Uhrich.  

We start by talking about how communities in Germany are supporting victims after the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. 

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We then talk about why Berlin is having to repeat elections from 2021, what the polls are saying and who's responsible for the chaos. 

Germany is adapting its immigration and citizenship laws to attract more skilled workers from abroad - but what’s the impact of foreign workers in so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields been in the last years? We talk about which countries people have been arriving from, and the growing Indian population in Germany. 

The far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) was founded 10 years ago this week. We discuss what the party stands for, why they are controversial, who votes for them, and political scientist Florian Hartleb talks about the impact the party has had on politics and German society. 

The Super Bowl is coming up in the States this weekend, but the NFL also has its eyes on growing its American football fanbase in Germany. We talk about where people can watch the Super Bowl in Germany, and professor of sports management at the German Sport University in Cologne Sebastian Uhrich talks about how popular American football is in the Bundesrepublik. 

Finally, we share a few German words or phrases associated with Valentine’s Day. 

 

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