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UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. According to Politico.eu, the newly elected leader of the Thuringian state government, Thomas Kemmerich of the minority FDP party, has decided to step down and call for a new election given the outrage over the AfD’s support for him. See Regional German premier to step down after backlash over far-right support. Of note:
Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) had voted to install Thomas Kemmerich, from the liberal FDP party, as leader of the eastern state of Thuringia on Wednesday. But Kemmerich and the FDP — which only has five seats in the regional parliament — faced immediate criticism from across the political spectrum and accusations that they had collaborated with the AfD.
The surprise result marked the first time a state premier had been elected with support of the far-right party, and drew comparisons to historical tacit support some moderate parties gave to the Nazis.
Kemmerich said at a press conference Thursday that his decision was “unavoidable.”
This is rather complicated and requires explanation.
The German state of Thuringia (see map below) held an election last October, which was rather historic, and continues to make headlines.
We remind readers of a piece by Tom Luongo we published in early November regarding this election, in which populist, Eurosceptic parties from both left and right trounced the established ones:
It’s hard to overstate the importance of the election results last weekend in Thuringia. The complete collapse of the two centrist parties there, Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Social Democrats (SPD), is looking like a harbinger of what comes next in German politics.
A majority in Thuringia, ruled by the CDU since the early 1990’s until 2014 when Die Linke took over with the Social Democrats and the Greens, just voted against the centrist, Merkelist, grand coalition of standing for nothing but globalism and tighter EU integration.
Die Linke and Alternative for Germany (AfD) secured more than 54% of the total vote. Die Linke, the remnant of the East German Communist Party, and AfD, the new face of anti-immigration and fiscally responsible Germans, took first and second place ahead of Merkel’s CDU.
So the state election saw the globalist, centrist parties (CDU – right; SPD – left) get beaten by Die Linke (further left) and AfD (further right) (see chart above). To form a government out of so many parties, a coalition would be needed, which is no easy task given that few if any said they would work with a ‘far right’, ‘fascist’ party such as AfD (Alternative fur Deutschland), the party that came in second.
A governing coalition was finally formed just this week, more than 3 months after the election, between the populist Left party Die Linke, the Establishment Left party (SDP) and the Greens. Their representative, Bodo Ramelow (pictured right), was expected to be elected head of the government, but in the third round of voting, a candidate from the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP – see chart above; this party only scored 5% of the overall vote), Thomas Kemmerich (pictured left), was chosen, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE DREADED AfD! As Kemmerich got just 45 votes to Ramelow’s 44, AfD support had been essential to Kemmerich’s win. The CDU are held to be ‘complicit’ in this win, too, since some of them put Kemmerich in power, alongside members of the AfD and FDP.
This is the background for FreeWest Media‘s article below.
For a sense of the moral outrage against this decision, for invocation of the Holocaust narrative as a way to bring down the full force of German guilt, see this opinion piece from DW (MSM alert), Opinion: A disgrace for Germany.
In France we get an almost similar sense of moral outrage whenever Marine Le Pen threatens to win something. Which has been entirely cultivated for years among the French population by the Establishment, government and MSM. Many in the population don’t necessarily know her current views, especially on economics, preferring just to condemn her without realizing that the neoliberal Macron and the Rothschild crowd backing him are the real risk to France. What is missing from this carefully manipulated perception is the fact that Le Pen’s party and the AfD represent ACTUAL CITIZENS, real people who voted for these so-called candidates of moral turpitude because they know the Neoliberal Establishment has long been selling them out, rendering them economically poor and culturally marginalized in their own countries.
In historic coup AfD rises as kingmaker in Thuringia
Björn Höcke has risen to AfD kingmaker by causing an internal political sensation with the unexpected election of the FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich as the new Thuringian prime minister in the German state.
ERFURT – The AfD parliamentary group leader (ER: Bjorn Höcke) organised an unofficial electoral alliance with the CDU and FDP, sending the red-red-green government with its popular head of government Bodo Ramelow (Left Party) to man the opposition.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster told AFP that he was “horrified” by the vote outcome.
As one of the founders of AfD Thuringia, Bjorn Höcke (pictured) became Member of the Landtag after the 2014 Thuringian State Elections. He is the speaker of the parliamentary group of the AfD and spokesman of the Thuringia regional association of his party. He is said to be part of the “national-conservative wing” of the AfD, and his faction is known as the Flügel [the Wing].
In September 2019, a court ruled that Höcke could legally be termed a fascist as the description “rests on verifiable fact”.
The AfD member duped all parties in the most recent ballot: while the Left, SPD and Greens celebrated Bodo Ramelow as the election winner, in reality they had lost their absolute majority. Around 100 days after the state election at the end of October, the real election winner has been determined: Björn Höcke.
Höcke succeeded in presenting the non-party candidate Christoph Kindervater as an alternative to incumbent Ramelow, but in the decisive third ballot, the CDU and FDP did not vote for him, finally electing Kemmerich as prime minister.
It is a coup that is unparalleled in the history of parliament in Germany. But it is a democratic, legally valid election, not defrauding voters, despite accusations of breaking the taboo.
It remains to be seen whether and how the Erfurt earthquake will affect the Grand Coalition in Berlin. CDU and SPD members organised a crisis meeting in Berlin on Saturday to discuss the issue.
“The republic is in danger,” said Katja Kipping, a leader of the far-left Linke party.
Will the SPD implode now that it was booted out in Thuringia? The permanently weakened CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (pictured) is at a loss because her party friends in the state have violated the federal decision not to work directly or indirectly with the left or the AfD.
“This is a bad day for Thuringia, a bad day for Germany,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said in Strasbourg and immediately called for new regional elections as a way out of the “crisis”, a call echoed by other mainstream parties. She also blasted regional politicians for breaching the party’s policy of no cooperation with the AfD.
Thus the chances for a black-green alliance after the next federal election have not improved.
The FDP in the state could seize the opportunity and provide the AfD with content. If the ban on contact and exclusion against the AfD is not lifted, Kemmerich will have a hard time in governing Thuringia. And since he stumbled into high office completely unprepared, those who rant about an agreed maneuver between the AfD, FDP and CDU have not been refuted yet.
The FDP, which only entered the state parliament when the ballot was recounted, must now seek parliamentary majorities. Red-red-green will refuse, but the CDU is ready for dialogue, as is the AfD.
The question is whether the CDU, FDP and especially the new prime minister will jump over their parliamentary shadows and seek talks with the AfD.
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