A tad more on the German refugee crisis and the reaction in Chemnitz

Back in early July, I wrote a post on the politics of the German refugee crisis. And the conclusion at that time was that Horst Seehofer was bluffing about blowing up the governing coalition. In retrospect, this proved right. But in the aftermath of the far-right and neo-Nazi protests in Chemnitz, I want to re-examine that piece from a different perspective since I have been writing about xenophobia recently.
Working class anger in Germany
Back in 2010, I wrote a piece about eastern Germany discussing so-called 'Euro Populism'.

Here's what I wrote that relates to Chemnitz:
...the economic side of re-unification was a complete disaster. For purely political reasons, Helmut Kohl, then the German Chancellor, rebuffed the advice of his economic advisors and decided to unite East and West...


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