The AfD can boast of stability.

While the Union, SPD, Greens and FDP are going up and down in the polls, the right-wing party has been at eleven percent for months - and thus below the 12.6 percent it reached in 2017.

In the election campaign, the AfD, which, in the words of its parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland, ran four years ago with the threat of chasing down the other parties, hardly played a role.

Markus Wehner

Political correspondent in Berlin.

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The refugee issue, to which it owed its success at the time, hardly took off.

And the corona pandemic was not a winner either.

Many within the AfD find government policy on this matter more or less appropriate.

The lateral thinker movement is also very heterogeneous and extends to the Greens' camp, it did not allow itself to be co-opted by the AfD.

However, the AfD has not discovered a new hot topic for itself.

Nevertheless, the party has probably the most loyal base electorate, probably in the range of nine to ten percent.

That is around five million citizens.

The rather mild election campaign led by the top duo Tino Chrupalla and Alice Weidel seemed to have been made for them alone.