Category Archives: Germany – AfD party

Far-right AfD picks openly gay leader for election battle

Alice Weidel – Not all Lesbians as stupid as Wynne

Germany’s anti-immigration AfD wrapped up a fractious party congress Sunday by choosing a new team to lead it into a September general election, after dramatically sidelining its most prominent personality.

Capping two days of often bitter debate on its platform and personnel, the Alternative for Germany appointed two chief candidates: 76-year-old Alexander Gauland, a hardline defector from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, and Alice Weidel, 38, an openly lesbian former investment banker.


Leadership wrangle inside AfD conference, major protests outside

Delegates at a barricaded congress in Cologne of Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party have rejected a motion from leader Frauke Petry. Outside the venue are thousands of anti-AfD protestors and large police squads.

Six hundred delegates of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party rejected a late agenda item from Petry, billed by her as a decision to offer voters pragmatic civic policies instead of nationalism tending toward far-right ideology.

Initially, it remained unclear whether the AfD would use its weekend conference to pick lead candidates for its campaign when Germany holds its federal election on September 24.

What the hell was Petry up to?


Cologne imposes no-fly zone as 50,000 left-wing activists plan to block AfD congress

Police and aviation authorities imposed a four-day no-fly zone over Cologne city center amid heightened security measures ahead of anti-immigrant AfD party congress. Over 50,000 left-wing protesters are planning to launch massive rallies to block the event.

The Alternative for Germany Party’s (AfD) convention is scheduled to take place this weekend at Cologne’s Maritim Hotel, but it is unlikely to go as smoothly as expected, causing more trouble to the far-right party already plagued by internal discords and shrinking popular support.


German Muslims fear more radical AfD without Petry in election race

Germany’s Central Council of Muslims said on Thursday that the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) was on a path to becoming a more radical, anti-Islamic party without co-chief Frauke Petry leading it into September’s national election.

Petry had become the face of the anti-immigration party, which hurt Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives during the migrant crisis but has leaked support this year. After a months-long power struggle, she announced on Wednesday she would not lead the party’s national election campaign.

The shock move was widely seen as an admission of defeat, even though she stays on as the party’s joint leader. In a test of how much influence she still wields, Petry will this weekend try and push through a motion at a party congress aimed at making the AfD able to join coalitions in the future.

Her rivals, she has said, want the AfD to be a “fundamental opposition” party.

“While Petry was always ready to have a critical dialogue with the Central Council of Muslims, other forces in the party leadership completely refused,” said Aiman Mazyek, head of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims.


AfD leader says she will not run in September election

The AfD’s Frauke Petry announced via Facebook video on Wednesday that she will not be running as the party’s lead candidate in September’s national election.

Petry said in a video posted to her official Facebook page on Wednesday that she will not be leading her party as a candidate in September’s national election.

She further spoke of internal tensions within the party, and said that it will be important for the AfD to decide on its future strategy at its party conference in Cologne this coming weekend. The decision of who will be lead candidate will also be determined.


Two Muslims arrested on suspicion of plotting to attack Germany’s largest shopping mall

Two brothers from Kosovo have been arrested by German police on suspicion of plotting to attack the country’s largest shopping mall in Oberhausen, near the Dutch border.

The men, aged 28 and 31, were arrested in Duisburg with Germany on high alert following Monday’s attack on the Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 and injured 49.


Are AfD voters the same as Trump voters?

Only one major German party welcomed the election of Donald Trump as US president – the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a populist right-wing party that has capitalized on immigration fears to make advances in six state elections this year.

“The victory of Donald Trump is a signal that the people of the Western world want a clear political change,” wrote AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch in a Facebook post. “This was only a surprise for the establishment, for me it was expected.”


New poll shows Alternative for Germany gaining support

The AfD is pulling ahead of the Greens, the Left party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), putting it on track to become the third-largest party in the country, according to a new poll released by German public broadcaster ARD.

The poll shows the AfD’s support at 16 percent, its best showing yet. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) came in at 32 percent and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at 22 percent.


Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

There are days in the life of a chancellor when the chasm between the glamour of the geopolitical stage and the political squalor back home is despairingly vast. Last Sunday was such a day for Angela Merkel.

Shortly before 10 a.m. local time, the German chancellor’s Airbus touched down gently at Hangzhou airport, a red-carpet rolling up as the plane slowed to a stop. Just 200 meters away, Air Force One was parked and behind it stood French President François Hollande’s aircraft. With engines roaring, the jumbo carrying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe taxied past. On this September morning, the Hangzhou airport had become the parking lot of global politics.


Germany’s AfD leader wants failed asylum seekers housed on islands

The leader of Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party has called for failed asylum seekers to be housed on islands outside Europe.

Frauke Petry also told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the country’s refugee office should be turned into an emigration bureau.

German media believe she meant the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus, used by Australia for asylum camps.

Her controversial new party has grown during Germany’s migrant crisis.


Frauke Petry: the acceptable face of Germany’s new right?

Frauke Petry is, unusually for her, a little flustered. The 41-year-old politician has turned up for a television interview very late, wearing a checked shirt, a no-go for the camera, she quickly realises. Swiftly changing into a cream jacket borrowed from the TV presenter, she pleads for the camera not to show her scuffed boots. “It was all a bit of a dash this morning,” she admits afterwards. Two of her four children are at home sick – “on the sofa, headache, stomach ache” – and she didn’t want to leave them until she knew they would be OK on their own.