In Germany, too dangerous links between the CDU and the AfD

In Germany, too dangerous links between the CDU and the AfD

Totally excluded. Sunday, June 23, the President of the Union of Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, nicknamed "AKK" wanted to close on the ARD television channel, refusing any link with the extreme right.

"Tomorrow, I will ask the leadership of the party to give me power of attorney to examine all possible ways to prevent any rapprochement with the AfD", announced the German Chancellor's runner up. "Any member of the CDU who speaks or dreams of such things must really ask himself the very personal question of how he can reconcile that with his conscience," she said to the applause of the studio.

Demarcation

The activists had been asking for clarifications on the party line for several days, in a context where a local conservative member known for his pro-migrant positions, Walter Lübcke, had just been murdered at his home in Hesse, certainly by a neo-Nazi. after the police. "AKK" clearly linked the murder to the AfD, considering that this political formation "Created the mental climate" conducive to this kind of act.

German conservatives split on the AfD

In Germany, nearly 12,000 violent right-wing extremists are identified by the police, in a country that fears to see a terrorism linked to this movement.

All this comes three months before elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, three regions of the former East Germany where the AfD is promised major breakthroughs. The hopes of some members of the hard wing of the CDU are therefore showered, after the position of their leader, whose authority is disputed since the counter-performance of the European elections. Some elected officials had indeed considered to ally at least locally with the extreme right, like what was done in Austria at the federal level.

The hard wing of the CDU in the crosshairs

It remains to be seen what the slingers will risk if they continue to violate this political taboo in Germany. Very recently, the conservative Ulrich Thomas, in Saxony-Anhalt, considered in the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung that "Rule out the possibility of a coalition" with the AfD, before cautiously adding that "It's not possible now."

Same thing for his colleague Lars-Jörn Zimmer, convinced that a " majority conservative " was possible between the AfD and the CDU. The two men would actually have already prepared a "Memorandum" highlighting the common goals that the two parties could set for themselves.

Directly pointed by "AKK"Hans-Georg Maason, former part of the intelligence service, is also one of the leaders of the right wing of the Christian-Democratic camp.

The CDU taken in pincers

In this fight, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is supported by the federal government. Several measures requiring the amendment of the Basic Law (name of the constitution in Germany) have been listed, such as the restriction of the right of expression on the Internet of persons who incite hatred, or the right of assembly. "We will seriously examine the possibilities," highlighted Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer.

Chancellor Angela Merkel knows she is playing big with these delicate reforms in a country that remains very attached to the preservation of freedoms. After years of domination, its movement the CDU is now in second position in the polls (24%), behind the Greens (27%) on the momentum of their success in the European elections, and weakened by a far right (13%) who grabs his voice.

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