A Turkish group in Germany said Thursday it was taking legal action against a state leader of the far-right AfD who defamed the ethnic minority as “camel drivers”.
The latest controversy sparked by the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party came as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was Thursday due to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on a visit meant to improve frayed relations.
Germany’s populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will on Saturday announce plans to set up a television studio in its Berlin offices and employ up 20 new communications staff.
According to advanced excerpts of a report slated to be published in full in Saturday’s edition of German news magazine Focus, the AfD is looking to bypass Germany’s mainstream media landscape and build on its successes communicating directly to the public. The far-right party is reportedly looking to launch the service in April.
A damn good idea.
The far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Tuesday confirmed reports in the German media that one of its politicians, Arthur Wagner, has converted to Islam.
Wagner, a leading AfD member in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, resigned his position on the party’s national executive committee on January 11 for personal reasons, AfD spokesman Daniel Friese said.
A new academic study has found a direct correlation between social media posts by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and hate crime in Germany — to the extent that localized internet outages actually resulted in a reduction in hate crimes in some areas.
Karsten Müller and Carlo Schwarz of the University of Warwick in the UK collected data from the AfD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to “show that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment … predicts violent crimes against refugees in otherwise similar municipalities with higher social media usage.”
Not only that, the study, entitled “Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime,” found that “the effect is strongly reduced for municipalities experiencing internet outages in a given week.” The academics also found evidence that Donald Trump’s tweets predicted hate crimes against specific minorities he mentioned — an effect that has been heightened since Trump became US president.
Don’t you just love that the implied recommendation is that internet be shut- down.
Germany may be soon recalled to the polls after Ms Merkel failed to conclude talks with coalition partners in order to prop up a new Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Government.
And AfD co-leader Alice Wiedel warned her party was ready to further gains should new elections be called.
She said: “Merkel is finished. This shows that the AfD works because we prevented a black and green government [with the CDU/CSU and Greens].
Anti-mass immigration party to place a motion to this effect in German parliament next week.
All parties are anxious to avoid a repeat election, which they fear could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which surged into parliament for the first time in September’s national election.
Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance had already recently dipped to 31%, a stark contrast to Viktor Orban’s support in Hungary where he’s backed by 59%. Merkel’s party have now sunk to 29%.
Something has changed in Germany. A country that until recently was crowned the most popular in the world in various surveys has become consumed by self-doubt and mired in a quest for identity. The rapid rise of the AfD has rocked the nation, including in the states of what was once West Germany and where the AfD are now represented in all state legislatures. Mainly, however, it has been the case in the states of the former East, where the AfD is now the second more powerful party. In Saxony, it’s the strongest.
A judge in Göttingen, Germany has declared that AfD members must inform their landlords of their party membership. Supposedly being a member of “right-wing” AfD makes them targets for violence and vandalism. If that’s true, it’s the fault of Muslims in Germany, not AfD members. It is an extremely dangerous sign for the future if people in Markel’s Germany must now declare their political affiliations, at least if they’re on what the enemedia call the “far right,” in order to apply for housing. This is obvious and unacceptable discrimination. Germany is once again becoming a fascist state.
I’ve seen this movie before but I think there’s going to be an alternate ending this time.
In the raw hours after the recent German election, politicians struggled to process one result in particular. Alternative for Germany (AfD)—an upstart populist party incensed by the influx of Muslim refugees and migrants into Germany since 2015—had finished in third place, with nearly 13 percent of the vote, and was poised to enter the legislature for the first time. Angela Merkel, who won a fourth term as chancellor, promised to conduct a “thorough analysis” of why so many of her voters had flocked to the AfD. Her main challenger, Martin Schulz, noted that German democracy had “survived” despite “an extreme far-right party showing its ugly face.” Others were more alarmed. Once again, the leaders of the Greens lamented, there are “Nazis in parliament.”
The German public have, as predicted, kept ahold of nurse. But it is the breakthrough of the AfD into the German Parliament that is causing headlines around the world. Of course the four-year old party’s electoral success is also unsurprising. In elections last September the AfD were elected to representative roles in most of the country’s regional assemblies and beat Merkel’s party into third place in her own constituency.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office, but the real winner of the German election on September 24 was the Alternative for Germany, an upstart party that harnessed widespread anger over Merkel’s decision to allow into the country more than a million mostly Muslim migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Preliminary election results show that Merkel’s center-right CDU/CSU alliance won around 33% of the vote, its worst electoral result in nearly 70 years. Merkel’s main challenger, Martin Schulz and his center-left SPD, won 20.5%, the party’s worst-ever showing.
The right-wing, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has entered parliament in Germany for the first time, winning 12.6% of the vote and more than 90 seats.
Founded in 2013 as an anti-euro party, it has dramatically shifted its focus to immigration and Islam and is increasingly seen as far-right in tone.
Stephan Brandner, the newly elected Member of the Bundestag for Erfurt, told reporters the party will press ahead with an inquiry into Merkel’s handling of the migrant crisis.