Angela Merkel facing Brexit Day headache as AfD ‘back from the dead’ in East Germany

In the small east German town of Oranienburg, they are fighting over history. At a regional election rally in the main square the banners read: “Wir sind das Volk" and "Wende 2.0. Peaceful revolution at the ballot box.”

The Wende — it means turning-point — is what Germans call the popular uprising 30 years ago that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. "Wir sind das Volk," or "We are the people" was its slogan. In the former communist East, the nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD) is branding itself as the heir to that uprising.

“Let’s finish what we started in 1989,” Andreas Kalbitz, the party’s lead candidate tells the rally. “Let’s finish the Wende.” AfD staff wander through the crowd…

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