Unaware of Facts, Strong in Opinion: The Review by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms of Werner J. Patzelt, "CDU, AfD Und Die Politische Torheit"
No less than seven printed pages have been devoted to a review in the Polish Political Science Review of my small book, CDU, AfD und die politische Torheit ("On CDU, AfD, and the political folly"). My book deals with that political short-sightedness on part of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) which has allowed the AfD (Alternative for Germany) to grow to signifi cant infl uence, particularly in Eastern Germany. This book is a collection of 28 interviews and over 20 short newspaper articles and texts from my blog, wjpatzelt.de, that originally appeared between September 2014 and February 2019. Arranged in chronological order, these comments on ongoing German politics demonstrate that the rise of the AfD, doing so much harm to the CDU and to political stability in Germany, needed not to come as a surprise, at least not for careful political observers. (fragment of text)