For large parts of the progressive, pro-European camp, the result is the same European elections a shock: the feared shift to the right has occurred; in fact, the AfD is the second strongest force in Germany. But there is euphoria among the party, which positions itself more than any other party as a counter-proposal to the AfD’s nationalist course. “I am very happy that you can inspire people with a positive election campaign and fact-based, pragmatic politics,” Damian Boeselager told ZEIT ONLINE.