How to deal with the AfD in the Bundestag?

Policy Fellow Fedor Ruhose talks to Politico about the AfD’s role at Bundestag

For Politico, Policy Fellow Fedor Ruhose comments on how to tackle provocations of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the Bundestag (German parliament).

On 9 October 2017, in an article by Politico, Policy Fellow Fedor Ruhose had the opportunity to give suggestions on how to deal with the AfD in the Bundestag. The DPZ Policy Fellow recommends that the established parties should draw on the experience of the regional parliaments in dealing with populist rhetoric.

In the parliaments, the AfD is in a permanent campaign mode.

Fedor Ruhose explains that the Bundestag should brace for a profound change in the style of debate, which tends to be ponderous and serious-minded, as soon as the newcomers take the floor.

“Heckling and calls to order will increase,” he argues. “And I could also imagine that, just like in the regional parliaments, [the AfD] will criticize the chairmanship of the Bundestag president.”

The complete article can be read here.

Fedor Ruhose recently published a German discussion paper on this topic in which he proposes 15 concrete practice-oriented strategies on how we can counter the AfD’s disruptive politics.


Fedor Ruhose

Policy Fellow
Fedor Ruhose is State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digitalization of Rhineland-Palatinate. Between 2014 and 2021, he worked as the Executive Director of the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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