Meanwhile SPD's Schulz is courted and adored by assumingly all TalkShows on TeleVision, slightly different to AfD-politicians, who are permanently interrupted, demonstrating all viewers, how nasty they are...
Has he yet appeared on the most boring and unchallenging show in the German-speaking world, Markus Lanz?
The slight problem with that being that there isn't a direct election of Chancellor.
That hasn't stopped German pollsters from asking that question fairly frequently for decades. As has been pointed out, perception of the main party leaders can inform and anticipate trends in voting intention in more serious surveys.
Pushing it a bit to describe AfD as neo-Nazis, old chap. Especially given the fact that actual neo-Nazis will be standing.
The AfD are pretty much the second coming of Die Republikaner. Or the DNVP, who were also somewhat East German in leadership.
OK, it is pushing it a bit.
How about "obnoxious dog-whistling racists who are slightly different from the Nazis but would undoubtedly have voted for Hitler if they'd had the vote in 1933"?
PS I didn't like Die Republikaner much, either. Also escapists from the cess-pool. Is it worth remembering at this stage that the first deputy leader of Die Republikaner was a former Waffen SS man, member of the NSDAP, and therefore just a teeniest bit Nazi? Or is that contrary to the snowflake tendency of anti-immigrant parties these days, whereby to imply any link between them and fascism is met with howls of outrage?