Surveys show that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party performs notably better in areas that are densely populated by Russian-born Germans. This is no small advantage — there are currently 3,166,000 migrants from ex-Soviet states living in Germany, or some 3.8% of the country’s population.
The majority of them are so-called ethnic Germans who moved to Germany from Eastern Europe in the decades following World War II. This group, some 2.5 million people, were given German passports. However, there are also some 220,000 people who became German residents in a special program to take in Jewish migrants from the former USSR. There are also a significant number of students coming from the post-Soviet region, as well Russian-speaking spouses of German residents. And, there are a growing number of Russian professionals working at German companies.
Italy’s Matteo Salvini has formally launched his much-anticipated bid to unite European far-right parties ahead of EU elections in May. “We want to reform Europe,” he declared during a press conference at a swanky hotel in central Milan. “For many people, the EU is a nightmare, not a dream,” said the Italian interior minister and deputy prime minister.
Salvini has teamed up with Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, whose leader and currently the group’s only MEP, Jörg Meuthen was by his side. Also at the table were representatives from the Danish People’s Party and the Finns Party of Finland, who are for now the only other confirmed members.
AfD politicians hope to use the group to combat the far-right party’s xenophobic image ahead of key elections. The message is that all are welcome — so long as you agree to “an end to illegal mass immigration.”
State funded DW is often worse than our own CBC. Here they smear the AfD for wanting an end to illegal immigration. The MSM is pulling out all the stops since New Zealand hoping to demonize the opposition and shut down dissent by employing their “Hitler Liked Dogs” logic:
Hitler liked his dog Blondi.
You like dogs.
You are Hitler.
While the German army has long expelled those with neo-Nazi sympathies, there have been recent claims that they are now targetting supporters of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) for expulsion as well.
Investigations have alleged that the Bundeswehr have begun broadening the scope of who they consider not fit to serve in the forces which have included “sympathisers of the AfD and the Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán,” Il Giornale reports.
Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), said on Friday it accepted a court verdict that forbade it to publicly describe the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as an “examination case.”
Classifying an organization as such allows the BfV to use publicly available material to assess whether it is a potential threat to the constitutional order.
The Administrative Court of Cologne ruled in late February that the BfV had acted “illegally and disproportionately” by describing the AfD as an “examination case” at a press conference in January.
A study from the University of Marburg in western Germany found that the traditional narratives around far-right voters may be more based in stereotype than fact.
Sociologist Martin Schröder blasted the widely held idea of the low-income, poorly-educated Alternative for Germany (AfD) voter as not being representative of the truth. The fact is, wrote Schröder in the August 2018 study, that only one category truly unites the right wing:
xenophobia. Common sense about immigration and Islam
“AfD supporters come from every level and part of society,” Schröder wrote. The one thing they all have in common, however, is “they don’t want refugees to migrate to Germany.”
As usual DW is shocked! Shocked!
Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won a legal victory against the country’s domestic spy agency on Tuesday.
The party complained that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) had defamed the party by publicly treating it as a “test case.”
A test case classification means the BfV can use open-source material to investigate whether the party poses a threat to the constitutional order. It does not allow the BfV to use undercover agents or other intelligence methods to collect information. Authorities can declare a party a test case if they detect the first signs of extremism.
The news came in a recent issue of the Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ): “Two years after President Trump’s inauguration, the Germans have lost much of their trust in the United States.” Eighty-five percent of respondents in an Atlantik-Brücke survey, reported FAZ, view the U.S. either “negatively” or “very negatively.” Many Germans look more favorably upon Communist China than upon the U.S.; more than half would like Germany to distance itself further from the U.S., with only thirteen percent wanting a closer relationship. Germans aren’t big on NATO, either: Only a quarter of those surveyed think their country should pay its agreed-upon share of the NATO budget. Many support the idea of an EU army. Of all the major political parties, only members of the anti-immigrant AfD are favorably disposed toward America.
far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has filed a lawsuit against the domestic intelligence agency.
The lawsuit, which the party filed at an administrative court in Cologne, seeks to ban the Office for the Protection of then Constitution (BfV) from publicly reporting on its decision to treat the AfD as a so-called “test case.”
It accuses the BfV of among other things making “defamatory statements about a party” and violating “neutrality and objectivity” It also seeks a fine of up to €10,000 ($11,400) for each time the BfV made the statements.
Radical German Antifa website Indymedia published detailed instructions for assassinating specific AfD politicians (Alternative for Germany,) a far right-wing party in Germany. The post targets politicians as part of the 2019 Euro election campaign.
Unfortunately, the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (Verfassungsschutz) has not released its 442-page report explaining why they consider us to be a threat to democracy. The report has, however, been leaked to several left-leaning media outlets such as the Tagesspiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The reasons that are given are an embarassment to the German government and the head of the Federal Secret Service Thomas Haldenwang, and must make everyone very worried who is concerned about radical Islamic terror and the safety of Jews and Christians in Germany.
One example is a quote by me, which was taken completely out of context. However, even on its own, this quote is the opposite of a threat to the German constitiution – I was actually urging the secret service to investigate certain types of unconstitutional activities.
The co-chair of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) faction in the German Bundestag Beatrix von Storch has charged the incoming head of the German Federal Secret Service Thomas Haldenwang with ignoring radical Islamism and Anti-Semitism and attacking the AfD for criticizing them instead.
A classified intelligence report on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was posted online in its entirety [link in German] on Monday by bloggers with the independent news outlet netzpolitik.org.
The publication of the report, which was an assessment by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), sparked outrage among AfD ranks. The party unsuccessfully appealed to have the report released to them.
What the full report reveals:
- The goal of the assessment was to uncover the extent of the AfD’s ties to right-wing extremist organizations;
- the extent to which remarks by party leaders violate the constitution;
- and to determine whether further observation or surveillance is needed.
- The report reveals “factual indications” that there is an extremist movement within the AfD — but not enough to justify putting the entire party under surveillance.
- Prominent AfD politicians use “right-wing extremist discourse,” telling supporters that Germany is at risk of “extinction” due to multiculturalism.
- Statements by party co-leader Alexander Gauland and the leader of the AfD in Thuringia, Björn Höcke, “make it clear that their thinking is based on an ethnic-biological or ethnic-cultural understanding” of what constitutes the people of Germany, the report stated.
- For Höcke, “someone is only German if they are ethnically German,” the report said.
- AfD leaders have not clearly distanced themselves from the radical Identitarian movement, which is currently under surveillance.
So remarking on the threat of multiculturalism is “extremist”. Ve Haff Vays of making you diverse!
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) have been accused of relying on information from the far-left extremist Antifa movement to build their case for surveilling the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
The BfV, Germany’s domestic intelligence service, used Antifa sources and information at least six times in its analysis of the youth wing of the AfD, the Junge Alternative (JA), Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
How very STASI of them.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) adopted a measure into its draft manifesto on Sunday calling for Germany’s exit from the European Union (EU) if their demands are not met. One of the measures set to be adopted includes a dissolution of the European parliament, the very body the party is campaigning to enter in May.
“We see nation-states as having the exclusive competence to make laws,” the text read, slamming the “751 privileged members” of the current European legislature.
If the bloc does not meet the AfD’s demands within “an appropriate timeframe,” then Germany must leave, delegates said atthe party’s congress in the eastern state of Saxony.