At first glance it appears to resemble any of Germany’s numerous news magazines, with articles about the banking crisis, skiing holidays and organic food. But the newest current affairs publication to hit newsstands has been described by critics as little more than far-right propaganda cleverly dressed up with gloss and colour in an attempt to appeal to the masses.

Zuerst, or First, which has the backing of far-right publishers and many of whose contributors are established commentators in other radical right-wing publications, describes itself as a German news magazine, which aims to “observe, report and comment on” current affairs “from the viewpoint of Germany’s own interests”, according to editor-in-chief G