German news magazine Der Spiegel is seen at a newsstand in Athens. (photo credit:REUTERS)
 

          Jakob Augstein of Der Spiegel: “So right-wing like the German right-wing populists is the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.”

 

BERLIN – Jakob Augstein, a partial owner of and columnist for German newsweekly Der Spiegel, drew parallels last week between the Netanyahu government and historical European fascism, France’s National Front party and the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD).

Volker Beck, the Green Party spokesman for interior affairs and religion, in what appears to be the first public criticism of Augstein on the issue by a Bundestag deputy, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that in the publisher’s eyes, “Israel is to blame for everything – somehow also still for the right-wing populists of the AfD. Mr. Augstein is once again on the wrong track with his Israel obsession.”

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