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A ‘new Hitler’ is Björn, and more and more Germans think he’s a hero

Rabid anti-Semite Björn Höcke, who is being watched by intelligence services, is gaining ground fast

Justin Huggler

It’s clear there’s something different about Björn Höcke from the moment he arrives in Gotha. A ripple of expectation goes through the crowd as he strides across the cobbled town square, flanked by menacing bodyguards dressed in black.

“There is nothing wrong with expressing our democratic opinion. We want Germany to remain German,” he tells his supporters, to ecstatic cheers.

Höcke is the most controversial figure in German politics. He is under observation by the country’s intelligence services as a possible threat to the democratic order. His opponents say he is a Nazi, and German television compared him to Hitler...

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