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Mr. Bernd Lucke

Wrong Bernd Lucke?

Economics Professor

University of Hamburg
 
Background

Employment History

  • Chairman
    AfD
  • Head
    AfD
  • Little-Known Professor of Economics
    Hamburg University
  • Economics Professor
    Hamburg University

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Party
  • Founder
    Weckruf

Education

  • Economics , Philosophy and Modern History
    University of Bonn
  • Economics diploma
    Bonn University
65 Total References
Web References
Future scenarios of the Eurozone will ...
www.german-society.co.uk, 2 Oct 2015 [cached]
Future scenarios of the Eurozone will be discussed by Dr. Martin Reitz, Professor Bernd Lucke, Professor Professor Clemens Fuest and Professor John Ryan.
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Prof. Bernd Lucke (AfD party leader) Prof. Dr. Bernd Lucke was born in Berlin in 1962. Between 1982 and 1984 he studied Economics, Philosophy and Modern History at the University of Bonn. After doing a graduate program at UC Berkeley he returned to Bonn where he got his Economics diploma. Since 1998 he is professor of Economics at the University of Hamburg. He was a long-time member of the Christian Democrats, however quit them in 2011 and founded the euro-critical party Alternative for Germany, also known as AfD, which he leads as one of three party speakers.
Bernd Lucke (l) is in a ...
www.theindiansubcontinent.com, 19 May 2015 [cached]
Bernd Lucke (l) is in a conflict with Alexander Gauland (r) for the soul of the AfD.
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Party founder and leader Bernd Lucke, along with three close allies, conceded to several German journalists on Tuesday that his party had the potential to develop into an anti-American, Islamophobic German version of the National Front, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.
The extraordinary admission happened in Strasbourg where Lucke and party MEPs Hans-Olaf Henkel, Bernd Kölmel and Joachim Starbatty attempted to clear up confusion about their future in the party.
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But in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Lucke assured journalists that setting up Wakeup Call 2015 did not amount to a threat to leave the party, saying the opposite was true. He said he was making a call for moderates to stay in the fold and argued that Wakeup Call 2015 was needed to stop the party from turning into a home for the far right.
"It is an initiative to prevent mass flight from the party," he said.
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But the party's success in east Germany also led to the empowerment of a populist right-wing faction which has recently challenged Lucke for control of the party agenda.
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Threatening to take on Lucke for the party leadership at the party's June convention, Perty said "the AfD can exist without Mr Lucke in 2015."
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.
AfD founder Bernd Lucke, who ...
www.reuters.com, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
AfD founder Bernd Lucke, who wants Greece to leave the euro zone, said open debate should make the AfD stronger and united by Sunday's close of the meeting, including a decision on whether to change the rules to pick just one leader by December.
"We have different opinions on the party's direction but we found a compromise and closed ranks," Lucke said, referring to a deal to cut the three-person AfD leadership to two and then to one.
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Lucke, an economics professor, quit Merkel's Christian Democrats after 33 years to found the AfD with other frustrated arch conservatives in 2013.
"We all have the same goal of establishing a new party in Germany that's a credible alternative to the old parties," he told delegates.
Lucke has fought a spectacular public battle to demote his two co-leaders, who are popular with the AfD's far-right wing. They called Lucke a "control freak" with a "despot-like style of leadership" while his allies viscerally attacked his naysayers.
"We believe that we're very close ...
www.lignet.com, 15 July 2013 [cached]
"We believe that we're very close to the 5 percent hurdle," AfD chairman Bernd Lucke said at a press conference in Berlin. Even so, voter awareness that the party exists is "not yet satisfactory," he said.
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"The concerns of citizens can clearly be felt," said Lucke, an economics professor at Hamburg University. "This theme will be our main topic on the streets and town squares" as the party gears up for election day, he said.
Italian and Spanish government bonds were little changed today, a sign that investors may be willing to tolerate political unrest in Europe's most-indebted nations. Portuguese 10-year bonds trimmed a three-day decline that was sparked partly by concern the country's government could collapse amid disagreement over austerity.
Southern European countries can't cope with the competitive pressure exerted by the euro and are suffering because they can't devalue the 17-nation single currency, Lucke said May 16 in a Bloomberg Television interview. Countries such as Spain, Greece and Cyprus should quit the common currency to return to economic health, he said.
While short of a comprehensive program, the party has created committees to fill gaps in its platform outside its main area of competence, Lucke said today he said. The AfD will compete in the federal election in all of Germany's 16 states, he said.
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The party is also drawing up plans to overhaul Germany's dual health-insurance system, reorganize military procurement and review Germany's foreign military operations outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization area, Lucke said.
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