German parody party die Partei score a palpable fight against the populist right-wing AfD this week. But who precisely are die Partei – and what function does satire serve an election season?


Political satire may notfall always it is in funny, and in Germany it"s being taken more and more seriously. The Germany satirical splitter linterparty – dubbed simply ns Partei (The Party) – demonstrated whatsatire can do this hauptsächlich with its facebook prank on the right-wing Alternative zum Germany (AfD).

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By acquisition over 31 private auf facebook groups used by supporters von the conference party, das Partei did notfall just inhalt itself with making fun von its racism or homophobictendencies. Since many von the teams were initially administered von social media bots, ns stunt deshalb exposed the insidious stärke that the automatic distribution von political messages kann have top top election campaigns – and how ns populist right has actually made far much more use des this tactic than the mainstream parties.

Not only that, the move had actually a palpable effect on ns election campaign – über effectively shutting down one von the AfD"s communication streams nur a couple von weeks before the election. Such methods are out von bounds to normalerweise political parties, but die Partei is (or can be at its best) a focal distance point zum active protest.


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The Party ist always right

Die politische parteien was founded in 2004 über editors of the long-running schwarz comic satirical magazine Titanic,initially together a parody des Germany"s politics parties.

Its nennen was conceived as bei acronym that lampoons politicians" no hope attempts to cover as plenty of well-meaning bases as feasible – partei officially stands for "Partei für Arbeit, Rechtsstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative," or "Work, Rule des Law, animal Protection, upstream Promotion, and grass-roots democratic Initiative."

The name deshalb serves asa recommendation to ns Socialist Unity splitterpartei (SED) the ruled ost Germany, which was routinely referred to as simply "the Party" bei the communist state, and whose anthem "The Party, die Party, it is always right" has actually been adopted von Die Partei in their own ads.

As for its campaign goals, die Partei"s choice manifesto is replete through meaningless political platitudes propelled to die edge von absurdity: "Die politische parteien supports the implementation of all-encompassing, universal, gesamt justice, weist least double as much justice as the spd (Social autonomous Party). Any complaints around supposed injustices will be suppressed with the utmostforce."

Other propose taunt authoritarian governments elsewhere. Die Partei"s policy on Turkish chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, weil das instance, reads: "The stunner manof ns Bosphorous, Erdogan, möchte be tempted to Germany, arrested, incarcerated, and then exchanged for Deniz Yücel. Need to Yücel already be in freedom, die final suggest will not apply. Nato occupation troops bei Turkey möchte be reinforced."

Elsewhere bei the manifesto, Titanic"s schwarz humor is also on show: "A limit on ns number of refugees wollen be redefined annually: Germany must notfall take an more refugees than die Mediterranean."

Hang a Nazi

Since its foundation bei 2004, the Berlin-based party has quiet amassed a far-reaching following. It jetzt boasts part 24,000 members (not much off ns 25,000 currently in the AfD), and has garnered enough votes over ns years to be licensed has been granted to zustand support (some 131,000 euros, or $120,000, in 2016).

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Sonneborn has actually made some noteworthy interventions in the european Parliament

Electorally, though, das Partei"s numbers have never interpreted into any zustand parliament seat – permit alone any trennung seats. And yet,in ns European conference election von May 2014, it landed acoup by winning a seat, thanks in part kommen sie a share lawsuit filed at ns German constitutional Court in addition to other minnow neben against die 3 percent hurdle zu representation.

With die law top top his side,Die Partei"s leader and co-founder martin Sonneborn came to be its zuerst European parliament member – through 0.63 percent des the German vote. Sonneborn, something of a TV celebrity in Germany because von his appearances on a public broadcaster"s politics satire show, right now sits on die culture and education committee, und occasionally makesproposals bei parliament that only appear kommen sie be half-jokes. In September 2016, he made a speechdemanding that ireland be excluded indigenous the eu for giving apple a 13 billion euro tax rebate.

The splitterpartei hasn"t missed die opportunities presented von this choice campaign, either. To bait die anti-Turkish sentiment at this time circulating in Germany thanks to die political rancor withErdogan, ns Partei selected Istanbul-born German-Turkish komiker Serdar Somuncu together their chancellor candidate. Somuncu"s comedy acts oase previously associated reading indigenous Hitler"s bergwerk Kampf and impersonating a dislike preacher.

Naturally, das Partei has deshalb attracted the share von "have lock gone too far?" stories in the run-up to ns election. Die most notable of these was sparked some campaign posters that read "a nazi could be hanging here," which to be fixed kommen sie lamp-posts approximately Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt und Baden-Württemberg.

Calling for in act von violence is an offense an Germany, though die Partei"s spokesman stagnif Retzlaff was unimpressed by the outrage: "One or two world might it is in a little overwhelmed von the charm or ambiguity des our posters," he said.

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In fact, this poster deshalb had apoint kommen sie make: It was a parodyof aposter displayedlast year über the far-right minnow party das Rechte. That one read, "We don"t just hang posters" - and was placed outside a refugees home.