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What Is Behind Germany’s Querdenker Movement?

On February 2, the ACG, Deutsches Haus at NYU, and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies presented “What’s Behind Germany’s Querdenker Movement?” The intensity and scope of protests against the government measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in Germany has surprised many observers. Self-stylized “lateral thinkers” have forged a coalition that encompasses far-right extremists but also anti-vaxxers who historically have aligned with the left. At both ends of the political spectrum, protesters seem to share a deep-seated distrust in government. This event featured Pia LambertyNatascha Strobl, and Konstantin von Notz, and moderated by Christian Martin. The panel discussed the Querdenker, their origins, and the likely future developments in an historic election year.