Uniting the far right: how the far-right extremist, New Right, and populist frames overlap on Twitter – a German case study

Recent elections in Europe have demonstrated a steady rise in the success of right-wing populist parties. While advancing an anti-immigration agenda, these parties have been adamant to distance themselves from ‘right-wing extremism’. This article analyses a sample of tweets collected from the Twitter accounts of the German AfD, Identitarian Movement and the Autonomous Nationalists by employing frame analysis. We conclude that the frames of far-right actors classified as extremist, New Right, and populist in fact converge and we discuss our findings in the context of related case studies in other European countries.

Tags: AfD, Autonomous Nationalists, Extreme Right, Frame Analysis, Germany, Identitarian Movement, New Right, populist, Twitter