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Hamburg University

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Affiliations

Founder
Party

Board of Governors Member
Federal Reserve System

Member
Christian Democrats

Education


Economics , Philosophy and Modern History
University of Bonn

Economics diploma

Bonn University

PhD
applied microeconomics
Free University of Berlin

undergraduate degree
economics , history and philosophy
Bonn university

Web References (93 Total References)


Dialog International: German Politics

www.dialoginternational.com [cached]

ome 60 percent of delegates backed Petry, whose faction has been battling Lucke, the AfD's economic neo-liberal leader for months, and criticizes him for focusing too much on European policy. [...](Petry) drew particular applause with remarks about "massive integration problems linked to the fact that a religion like Islam conveys a vision of the state that is totally foreign to that which we know in Europe".

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It remains to be seen whether Frauke Petry can transform the AfD to a mainstream populist party to the right of the CDU.  Or whether it devolves into an inconsequential right-wing extremist party aligned with the (neo-Nazi) NPD.  Right now, the chances for success appear to be slim.  A number of the moderates - including the AfD founder Bernd Lucke have left the party. 


Until recently, the central figure of ...

german.about.com [cached]

Until recently, the central figure of the party has been Bernd Lucke, a Hamburg based economics professor.

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Over the last two years, the AfD's right wing grew stronger and stronger, while party-leader Bernd Lucke slowly lost his grip over the party's members.
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While the original party leader, Bernd Lucke, tried to assume full control of all the party's actions, his rivals and opponents aimed at a more democratic approach. Lucke was criticized for his "despot-like style of leadership" and his inner-party communication style. Interestingly enough, Lucke had always been one of the more liberal forces within the party, working to prevent a surge of the right-wing powers attempting to assume control over the AfD.
Bernd Lucke lost more and more ground to the right-wing heads of the eastern German party chapters, Alexander Gauland3 and Frauke Petry4 . As they worked on setting up a party leadership without him, Lucke founded the "Weckruf 2015 (Wake-Up Call 2015) group within the party in order to rally sufficient support for his cause, but his resistance quickly turned out to be futile.
The ALFA
Eventually, Petry managed to claim the party's leadership, which was the tipping point for Lucke to leave the AfD and found the ALFA: Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch (Alliance for Progress and Renewal). When asked about his motives for leaving the Alternative for Germany, Lucke stated: "The party has fallen irretrievably into the wrong hands. He was joined by many of the more liberal members of the AfD, who where afraid of the party's move "in a rightward direction toward illiberalism, with a strong tendency to discriminate against minority groups. In late July, 2015, the ALFA was said to have more than 5,000 members.
However, even fresh out of the cradle, the ALFA faced its first hurdles. After the ALFA published its first political program, the AfD sued the party for copyright infringement. Bernd Lucke's former party deemed its successor's program too close to its own, the irony being that Lucke himself was largely responsible for the design of both programs.


We saw potent effects of that ...

www.fasttrackfinance.co.uk [cached]

We saw potent effects of that yesterday as party leader Bernd Lucke personally grilled the ECB's Mario Draghi at a session of the economic and monetary affairs committee.

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Mr Lucke is a professor of economics at Hamburg University, a specialist on the real business cycle model. His right-hand man is Hans-Olaf Henkel, former head of the Federation of German Industry and a financial columnist for Handelsblatt.


After months of internal party bickering, ...

www.independent.co.uk [cached]

After months of internal party bickering, Ms Petry successfully ousted the party's previous moderate chairman, the economics professor Bernd Lucke by securing a landslide victory in a battle for the party leadership.

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"You remain the figurehead of the first AfD to be founded," Ms Petry in a concession to Mr Lucke.
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Mr Lucke, who founded AfD in 2013 with the support of conservative, middle-class euro opponents, has tried to keep opposition to the currency as his central policy.
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Mr Lucke called on his party to distance itself from Pegida because of fears that any links with the movement would alienate middle-class AfD members.
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Since then Ms Petry and Mr Lucke have been at war.
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Things were already looking bad for Mr Lucke at the opening of the conference yesterday afternoon.


Dialog International:

www.dialoginternational.com [cached]

ome 60 percent of delegates backed Petry, whose faction has been battling Lucke, the AfD's economic neo-liberal leader for months, and criticizes him for focusing too much on European policy. [...](Petry) drew particular applause with remarks about "massive integration problems linked to the fact that a religion like Islam conveys a vision of the state that is totally foreign to that which we know in Europe".

...
It remains to be seen whether Frauke Petry can transform the AfD to a mainstream populist party to the right of the CDU.  Or whether it devolves into an inconsequential right-wing extremist party aligned with the (neo-Nazi) NPD.  Right now, the chances for success appear to be slim.  A number of the moderates - including the AfD founder Bernd Lucke have left the party. 

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