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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:18 PM

Far-Right Faction of German Populist Party Vows to Dissolve

Far-Right Faction of German Populist Party Vows to Dissolve

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/world/europe/germany-populist-party.html

The Wing, a group inside the Alternative for Germany party, promised to close down after a warning from the country’s intelligence service, but the change may be mostly cosmetic.

Christopher F. Schuetze

By Christopher F. Schuetze

March 25, 2020, 11:16 a.m. ET

BERLIN — T<snip>

The party, Alternative for Germany, currently has the largest opposition grouping in Germany’s federal Parliament, but the country’s domestic intelligence service announced this month that it was monitoring an activist group within the organization — Der Flügel, or “The Wing” — as potential far-right extremists.

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“In principle, it is not possible to dissolve what does not formally exist,” Mr. Höcke and Mr. Kalbitz wrote in a Facebook post announcing the dissolution on Monday evening.

Alternative for Germany — widely known by its German initials, AfD — has long been defined by rivalry between more extreme voices, often in the East, and more moderate populists, often in the West, with The Wing seen as being ascendant.

That has changed in recent weeks. As the AfD has struggled at the polls in the face of the coronavirus and disgust at recent racist attacks, The Wing in particular has been involved in a series of scandals and overreaches. A short-lived political coup in Thuringia, Mr. Höcke’s state, was followed by the intelligence agency’s unusual public warning, and then reports that Mr. Kalbitz had secretly been a member of a neo-Nazi group.

On Friday, 11 of the 13 members of the national party board voted to have the group dissolve itself.

“It’s nothing but a tactical maneuver,” said Hajo Funke, a professor at the Free University of Berlin who studies right-wing extremism. “They have not lost one iota of their influence within the party.”

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“They’ve built themselves a parallel structure, and the federal board wants it to draw down that activity to zero,” Bastian Behrens, a spokesman for the national Alternative for Germany party, said on Friday.

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Mr. Kalbitz, the head of the party in the state of Brandenburg and another senior figure in The Wing, has previously acknowledged having belonged to groups close to neo-Nazis. Recently, however, his name was found on a membership list of the neo-Nazi group Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend as late as 2007, according to the German news media, a link that under the party’s rule book should have barred him from joining Alternative for Germany.

Mr. Behrens, the spokesman for the party, acknowledged the charges and said Mr. Kalbitz would have to take steps to clear his name, implying that the party had not made a decision about Mr. Kalbitz’s fate.

“We can’t make any sanctions just because there were two press reports,” he said. Mr. Kalbitz has denounced the reports as false.

Professor Funke said that while The Wing was under pressure now, its apparent dissolution was likely to be followed by propagation of its platform in the wider party.

“The power struggle is far from over, and at this point they are merely shadowboxing,” he said.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:26 PM

1. "Power struggle is far from over, and they are merely shadowboxing,"

Far-right populist faction? I don't know them and I'm sure they're fighting ruthlessly and viciously dirty, because that's what they are.

Btw, while seeking enough power that he couldn't be stopped, Hitler's campaigns focused mainly on a triad of family values, national security, and protecting traditional old-time values. (Sound familiar?)

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 05:27 PM

2. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. I'm hoping they cut each other's throats ...

but they might be trying to split the party into two sections: the respected Nazis and the SA brown shirted street fighters.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 05:54 PM

3. The Wing, Ma'am

Is in effect the 'armed faction' of the alternative for Germany party. They were recently declared an object of interest to the German security police.

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:36 PM

5. Thanks. So the declaration was taken against a legal entity

and official positions that will no longer exist? Our own RW extremists, in and out of the Republican Party, constantly misuse the legal system to their ends.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:41 PM

6. That Is Doubtless The Intent, Ma'am

I have no idea whether the German police are focused on the named body alone or its known members.

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