Alternative fur Deutschland
Alternative for Germany (German: Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) is a traditionalist conservative political party in Germany. It is today the biggest opposition party in the Bundestag national parliament, which it entered in 2017 propelled by voters angry at Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision in 2015 to admit almost one million mainly Muslim "asylum seekers". The AfD also sits on opposition benches in all of Germany's 16 state parliaments, where it is ostracised by all the Liberal-Left parties, including Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD). Europe's Liberal-Left mainstream media continually smear the party as "Far-Right"....
In December 2019 retiring co-leader Alexander Gauland said:
- They call us Nazis, fascists and right-wing terrorists. But we need to be wise and resilient. The day will come when a weakened CDU has only one option: us!
Founded in April 2013, the AfD narrowly missed the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the Bundestag during the 2013 Federal election. The following year the party won seven seats in the EU elections as members of the European Conservatives and Reformists. After securing representation in 14 of the 16 German State Parliaments by October 2017, the AfD became the third-largest party in Germany following the 2017 Federal Elections, with 94 seats in the Bundestag, a major breakthrough for the party.
In October 2019 in the Thuringia State elections Alternative für Deutschland gained 23.4% of the vote against 22% for the Christian Democrats (CDU). The AfD more than doubled its vote, from 10.6% five years ago. The Far-Left quasi-Communist Die Linke party, part of Thuringia's ruling coalition, won the state election with just over 30%. The Thuringia AfD is led by Björn Höcke, 47, who heads a stridently nationalist group called Flügel and has been accused by the broad Left of inflammatory rhetoric: he once deplored central Berlin's Holocaust memorial as a "monument of shame". During the campaign, his desperate CDU rival in Thuringia, Mike Mohring, called him a "Nazi". The result in Thuringia is seen as a significant setback for the central government.
The party is Euro-sceptic, and is opposed to alien immigration, particularly Islamic, into not just Germany but Europe-wide. It has links with other parties and traditionalist groups across Europe and in this respect held a four-day conference in Berlin at the beginning of April 2019 on the subject of "Preserving European Civilisation, Culture and Values" which attracted delegates from numerous countries.
- Dr. Alice Weidel has been co-leader in the Bundestag since October 2017, and has at various times made outspoken and provocative speeches on a broad range of issues, inside and outside the Bundestag. Weidel has stated her opposition to discussion of sexuality prior to puberty saying "I don’t want anyone with their gender idiocy or their early sexualisation classes coming near my children". She also believes Germany should withdraw from the Euro single EU currency. Weidel is a member of the Friedrich A. von Hayek Society.
- Beatrix von Storch (born Beatrix Amelie Ehrengard Eilika, Duchess of Oldenburg in 1971), one of the AfD's founding members, who has served as Deputy Leader since July 2015 and has been a Member of the Bundestag since September 2017. She had previously served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP). She is a member of the Royal House of Oldenburg which reigned over the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg until November 1918. She is outspoken on a wide range of issues, notably opposing same-sex marriage and the "homosexual agenda". She has vigorously opposed the promotion of the LGBT agenda in schools.
- Alexander Gauland (b.1941) who was co-leader of the AfD in the Bundestag (Reichstag) since October 2017; and co-leader of the party for two full years from December 2017. Gauland had said the German national soccer team's defender Jerome Boateng, a negro, might be appreciated for his performance on the pitch - but people would not want someone like Boateng as a neighbor. He also argued Germany should close its borders and said of an image showing a drowned refugee child: "We can't be blackmailed by children's eyes."
- Armin-Paulus Hampel, MdB., AfD Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the Bundestag.
- Hansjorg Müller, Bundestag Parliamentary Business Leader and Member of the Committee on Economic and Energy Affairs.
- Dr. Bruno Hollnagel, Bundestag Member of the Finance Committee.
- Norbert Kleinwachter, Member of the Bundestag.
- Volker Münz, Member of the Bundestag.
- Dr. Christian Wirth, Member of the Bundestag.
- Bernhard Zimniok, Member of the European Parliament for Munich. On Saturday 19 October 2019 he addressed the annual conference of the Traditional Britain Group in central London on alien migration and its costs in every aspect.
- Pascal Beucker (18 March 2016). "Marktradikal und blank" (in de). Die Tageszeitung.