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The politics of fear in Eastern Germany
Authors: Rebecca Pates and Julia Leser

Since 1990 the wolf has been a protected species in Germany; killing a wolf is a crime punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years. In Eastern Germany, where the political ground is shifting to the right, locals argue that the wolves are not German but Western Polish, undeserving of protection since they have invaded Saxon territory and threatened the local way of life. Many people in Eastern Germany feel that the wolf, like the migrant, has been a problem for years, but that nobody in power is listening to them. At a time when nationalist parties are on the rise everywhere in Europe, The wolves are coming back offers an insight into the rise of Eastern German fringe political movements and agitation against both migrants and wolves by hunters, farmers, rioters and self-appointed saviours of the nation. The nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) represents the third-largest party in the German federal parliament, with representation in the vast majority of German states. It draws much of its support from regions that have been referred to as the ‘post-traumatic places’ in Eastern Germany, structured by realities of disownment, disenfranchisement and a lack of democratic infrastructure. Pates and Leser provide an account of the societal roots of a new group of radical right parties, whose existence and success we always assumed to be impossible.

Jens Eder

related to political action, then turns to the question of how images trigger emotions and finally brings both topics together by identifying some frequent types of affective image operations which are illustrated with brief case studies of political web videos. Emotion and affect in political conflict In recent interdisciplinary research, a widespread consensus has emerged to understand emotions as multi-​layered processes defined by ‘multiple elements coming together to form a distinctive Gestalt’ (Cowie, Sussman and Ben-​Ze’ev 2011, 14). More specifically, many

in Image operations
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Rebecca Pates and Julia Leser

, and not the mainstream. 23 Michael Billig has argued, for example, that whilst ‘nationalism is expected to deal with […] dangerous and powerful passions’, it ‘cannot be confined to the peripheries’. 24 On the one hand, negative emotions are not exclusively mobilised by racist and nationalist political agents, and negative emotions cannot be confined to the political fringes of far-right politics. 25 On the other hand, there is more to learn about the role of affects in politics, and ‘like other forms of politics, backlash politics are likely to be characterized

in The wolves are coming back
Bilge Firat

disputes. Reflecting on the role of affect in political negotiations, Eliise recounted an empathic encounter she experienced during working group meetings when the Greek and Cypriot representatives spoke about Turkey: ‘When one of your [­Turkey’s] neighbours is speaking, I understand them perfectly, because that’s exactly how I feel about Russia.… We never side with them, but I see certain similarities and understand [their case]. Others either don’t understand, or they don’t care.’ As a diplomat, Eliise was conflicted about these emotions and what she perceived her job

in Diplomacy and lobbying during Turkey’s Europeanisation