The cities and municipalities has made the established political parties for the rise of the AfD in the East of Germany responsible.

“wherever the people do not feel understood, and the established parties provide no answers, increases the willingness to be populist or politically more radical forces to turn to,” said chief Executive Gerd Landsberg, the “Handelsblatt”. “Populism and radicalization are threats to the business location of Germany in a European economic Union.”

Landsberg pointed out that, despite the very good economic situation in Germany, many people felt of the positive development of detached and dismissive and radical positions developed. These trends were especially in structurally weak regions and in Parts of the new länder. “If it is to be read by ever-increasing tax revenues and the very good economic situation is, expect the people that of them has to arrive,” explained the League of cities in-chief. “These Concerns must take the policy in Berlin seriously and respond to it.”

will be presented Today in Berlin, a study with the title “United country – three decades after the fall of the wall”. The Leibniz-Institute for economic research Halle (IWH) takes stock of how the Federal Republic has developed in the international comparison and as to the internal unity of the country. A core of the study’s findings in the MDR was at the weekend in public: Thus, the productivity in Eastern Germany is still significantly lower than in the West. No state in the East to reach the productivity of the weakest West German Federal state, the Saarland.

In East Germany, three state elections this year. In Thuringia on March 27. October chosen, in Saxony and Brandenburg on 1. September.

Also, leading Economists to warn of the rise of the AfD. “A lot of people, especially in the East, feel that the established parties are not taken seriously,” said the President of the German Institute for economic research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, the “Handelsblatt”. The resulting discontent of the people was not “complaining on a high level, but understandable and justified”. Because their future prospects were getting worse and worse. Necessary to a wise policy of massive financial support for structurally weak regions is therefore “”.

the Director of The Institute of the German economy (IW), Michael Hüther, said the newspaper: “The AfD reflects a mixture of Protest against the established parties and institutions.” Also in the East, a disappointment to Western dominance.