Digital populism: AfD lags behind its European counterparts

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2017 is the year in which Germany saw elements of its first real digital election campaign. Data-driven get-out-the-vote efforts, hypes around Christian Lindner nad Martin Schulz as well as the discussion around Fake News and social bots however cannot distract attention from the fact that, as seen in other European countries, populists are often the most prolific users of social networks. In this blog post Paul-Jasper Dittrich compares the efforts of the AfD on Facebook with populists from other European countries and urges non-populist parties to accommodate in the long term to the social media-driven  transformation of the public sphere