"Europe is divided into two parts: the north which continues to grow and the south where unemployment is on the rise," Lucke explains succinctly, speaking to Panorama. "If we continue like this, sooner or later the countries in the south will ask to return to the old borders in order to protect their domestic markets from the competition of northern countries." The conclusion, for Alternative, is that "it is the euro that is anti-European, not us. We want a stronger union, with a single market and free circulation of the labor force. All things the euro is putting at risk."
This is the paradoxical belief of this German economist who eschews any political label ("We are the party of people who pay their taxes") and who finds the declarations of Beppe Grillo about Europe to be "very reasonable, despite the fact that his concept of politics is quite removed from mine". Lucke wants to dismantle the single currency, but not the aid to poorer members ("Which are the Balkans, Slovakia and Poland, not just Greece"). He wants to help countries like Italy and therefore he wants them out of the euro ("This way they can devalue their currencies and become competitive once again"). He has created a home for anti-euro Germans, but how many will enter?
According to a Forsa survey, one German out of four would like to return to the mark and for Welt am Sonntag Lucke's party would have 24% support. He says he is "more optimistic than the pollsters, because we sense there is tremendous popular support running up to the elections on September 22". Perhaps Angela Merkel's re-election is not a sure thing.