Climbing political mountains. That’s been the case for the German AFD party (Alternative for Germany) in the last three years. But will a united party be raising a glass or two in the future?
It faces a split over anti-Semitic remarks which could see the party disintegrate. It comes after the AFD inflicted serious losses on Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this year.
In the federal state Baden-Württemberg an AFD member had to step down. Wolfgang Gedeon claimed denial of the Holocaust was a legitimate expression of opinion.
That is a crime in Germany. But his departure couldn’t prevent the AFD-parliamentary group in the regional parliament from breaking up.
“The issue to me is about content. The position is: there is no room for extremist, racist or anti-Semitic positions in this party. Last night, 13 people sent a signal and this must be the directive. If a lot of people follow this they are more than welcome,” Jorg Meuthen the former leader of the AFD parliamentary group, Baden-Württemberg told reporters.
Jörg Meuthen has left the parliamentary group with more than half of its MPs in the regional parliament. He immediately founded a new one with almost the same name – Alternative for Baden Württemberg.