On the flip side, many liberal-minded Germans are worried by the prospect of the AfD gaining prominence — and the AfD’s nationalist rhetoric that is reminiscent of the Nazi era.
“I am afraid of them winning so many votes, it is a shame for Germany. People not taking the atrocities of the Hitler regime seriously should be banned from the political scene,” Thomas Meier from Berlin told CNBC on Thursday afternoon.
Another Berlin citizen, Arndt Winter, told CNBC that he can understand why people vote for them.
“There are many people living on subsidies not finding jobs and now the refugees also want jobs. I am afraid,” he told CNBC.
Meanwhile, Denis Maeder, who also lives in Berlin, told CNBC via email that he will “definitely vote” at this election due to his fears of the AfD.
“I feel it really matters now … my worry isn’t so much the (AfD) party (the political organization), but rather the social and political climate which produces it.”
The AfD is here to stay because it gives meaning to Germans who feel lost in a modern Western society which they see as perilous, weak, decadent and in decline, Maeder added.