No, no one was allowed to come to the abensberg palace garden on this monday morning because of the cosy atmosphere. Beer from paper cups, no music and cold, wet weather – just a few meters away from the warm beer tents on the gillamoos festival meadow in lower bavaria – are not very inviting. Nevertheless, more and more people stream onto the meadow behind the old castle walls, and in the end there will be more than 600 of them. They all want to hear what the afd has to say. “This is not about cosiness, this is about the future of bavaria and germany, says one of the many orderlies with a female band on his upper arm. At least on this point no one was allowed to disagree.
"We are facing a fateful election in bavaria", a little later, lower bavarian afd top candidate katrin ebner-steiner shouts to the audience. It is one of the first moments when something like a stirring of emotion can be heard among the listeners under their umbrellas. Politics thrives on change, after the meteoric impact in the federal elections it is now bavaria"s turn. "We celebrate our victory march across germany." it only gets louder when the speakers – above all party leader jorg meuthen – talk about multiculturalism and the "complete failure of the state" rant.