How the AfD is preparing for the Hamburg elections

Dirk Nockemann has been a lawyer in the civil service for more than 30 years. He knows that you can’t exaggerate if you want to achieve something, he says. That you can only turn the screw slowly so as not to overtighten it. Nockemann is the state chairman and top candidate of the AfD in Hamburg. Five years ago, the party in the north had moved into a West German state parliament for the first time. But then she was another party in the federal government and also in the Hanseatic city. The screw has long been turned to the right.

Matthias Wyssuwa

Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.

Dirk Nockemann is in the high school auditorium early in the morning. A middle-class district in the north of the city, a school with a good reputation. Nockemann is at the back, and the students wash him on the way to their seats. Hardly anyone pays attention to him. The AfD has repeatedly provoked outrage in schools, and there have been protests against events with AfD politicians. The Hamburg state association had introduced the so-called “Neutral School” registration portal, which other state associations more or less copied. It brought them a lot of headlines and fierce criticism. But today everything stays calm.

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