Britain was “dead right” to leave the European Union and Germany should hold its own “Dexit” vote, the leader of the hard-Right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has said.
Alice Weidel, of the poll-topping Afd, said she would push for a referendum on EU membership if her party came to power.
Ms. Weidel said the vote would be held if an AfD government could not secure reforms to curb overreach by the ‘unelected’ European Commission.
‘If a reform isn’t possible, if we fail to rebuild the sovereignty of the EU member states, we should let the people decide, just as Britain did,’ she told the Financial Times.
‘And we could have a referendum on ‘Dexit’ – a German exit from the EU.’
She added: ‘It is a model for Germany, that one can make a sovereign decision like that.’
Winning such a referendum, even if it met strict German laws for plebiscites, would be a tall order, with 90 per cent of people in favour of continued membership.
The AfD is leading the polls in all five East German states ahead of regional elections in September. The party’s results in June’s European Parliament elections will also be closely watched amid predictions of success for Eurosceptic parties across the bloc, including in France, Austria and the Netherlands.
It is polling nationally at 22 per cent, behind the centre-Right opposition Christian Democratic Union but ahead of all three parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s struggling coalition government.
However, the AfD’s current success does not guarantee it a place in a future government.
Establishment parties have ruled out coalition deals with it and it does not lead any of Germany’s 16 states because of the cordon sanitaire or firewall by the other parties.
ER: A new party is being formed by the former head of the German domestic intelligence services, Hans-Georg Maassen, and this party WOULD be willing to work with the AfD. See —
Ms. Weidel admitted that the AfD would not be able to take power in Berlin before 2029 but said a future role in government was ‘inevitable’.
She predicted that the CDU, the centre-right party of former chancellor Angela Merkel would be the first to break the ‘firewall’ of establishment forces and ally with the AfD.
She said” ‘The CDU won’t be able to maintain its firewall in the long term.”
“We can form a clear Right-wing majority. And the CDU can’t refuse to accept that in the long term, especially in the eastern states.’
We summarize here. Weidel goes on to talk about her party reforming tax laws, reducing government bureaucracy and stopping Germany going to renewable energy. The Times article mentions the AfD being far right as per intelligence service classification, with calls to ban it because party members allegedly attended ‘far right’ meetings. There were ‘echoes of Nazi ideology’ according to the Telegraph report, with anti-AfD demonstrations ‘being held across the country’. According to eugyppius, whom we published only yesterday, these anti-far right protests were staged this past weekend by known leftist groups loyal to Scholz to divert public attention well away from the farmer protests. See —
Scholz calls for nationwide protests to defend democracy against the consequences of his own policies
The party is accused of wanting to deport millions of migrants, even those with passports, to which she responds that the party stands for lawful repatriation of people, especially those with a deportation order. She supports the return of Ukrainian refugees and is critical of the 1.1 million Ukrainians in Germany being able to draw benefits. The Telegraph report continues, noting that Scholz’s economic failures have made the party popular. The Telegraph also uses the ‘pro-Russia’ smear, naturally.
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