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EXBERLINER Issue 159, April 2017

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We might not agree with them, but we have to deal with them – even here in our Berlin bubble. Our April issue takes a hard look at the major players, the "alternative facts" and the uncomfortable truths about the AfD and the European far right.

THE POPULIST PLAYERS
Trump, Petry, Wilders, Le Pen... who are they and what do they want? Our guide to the who's who of populism in western Europe.

BEATRIX VON STORCH
An exclusive interview about Merkel, Muslims and motherhood with Berlin's AfD figurehead and fundamentalist aristocrat.

BERLIN VS. TRUMP
Socialists, feminists and Clintonistas unite: We navigate the web of the US expat resistance.

AFD ANALYSED
How dangerous is Germany's far-right populist party? Why is it split between the former East and West? And is it the logical conclusion of Merkel's dubious refugee politics? We asked the experts.

WHY I'M VOTING AFD
An English-speaking, open-minded mother of a trans teen confesses her populist sympathies.

A NIGHT WITH BÄRGIDA
Two years after Pegida's peak, Ben Knight goes on the march against the "Islamisation of Europe" in Berlin.

POPULISM'S GAY AGENDA
Why are populist leaders so LGBTQ-friendly all of a sudden? Exploring the right-wing queer paradox.

FAKING IT
What the German media's doing about the viral spread of fake news.

A HUNGARIAN WARNING
Where does populism get you? Three cautionary tales from the land of Orbán.

POPULISM GOES LEFT
How Poland's Razem party leads a meme-fuelled rebellion.

Also in this issue...

FALK RICHTER
The German playwright talks about raising Nazism from the dead in Fear, and his beef with Beatrix von Storch.

RAOUL PECK
The director of last month's The Young Karl Marx and this month's I Am Not Your Negro on what we can all learn from James Baldwin.

CHRISTIANE RÖSINGER
The grand dame of the Berlin musical underground brings her latest opus, Lieder ohne Leiden, to the HAU stage on April 1.

GORKI IN EXILE
The post-migrant theatre's new Exile Ensemble – seven directors, writers and performers from the Middle East – puts on their debut performance Winterreise, starting April 8.

KASIA FUDAKOWSKI
The British-Polish sculptor smashes her art and comedy icons together (sometimes pornographically) for her show Double Standard, opening April 28 at ChertLüdde.

BEST OF BERLIN
Rosa Parks' house in Wedding, a new-old record store and queer cinema for refugees.

BERLIN BITES
Brexit alert! We try "New London Cuisine" in a Moabit dungeon and find an Indian joint even jaded Londoners would approve of.