The short-lived Pegida movement seems to be over, a mayfly movement against the “Islamization” of Germany and the West. But Pegida’s xenophobia spread to Germany’s far right before its collapse.
The leader of Germany’s AfD (Alternativ für Deutschland) party declared that he wants “no more Middle Eastern immigrants.” AfD’s earlier line opposed the European Union, but hadn’t yet coalesced around the issue of immigration. Pegida’s recent marches showed AfD’s leaders just how many votes they could grab if they dipped even one foot in the gutter. My article appears in full here at The American Interest.