Germany

Kalbitz steps down from Brandenburg leadership, awaiting “clarification”

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2020-08-05 12:57

Andreas Kalbitz (left) and Jörg Meuthen meet each other one year ago in Cottbus, an important but depressed city in Brandenburg state.


By Carolyn Yeager

See my previous post from May 16: https://carolynyeager.net/alternative-fuer-deutschland-votes-expel-popular-right-wing-state-leader-party

Andreas Kalbitz announced Tuesday that he was stepping down from the role of regional leader in Brandenburg, while awaiting legal clarification from a Berlin regional court. The Brandenburg AfD leadership had previously voted to keep Kalbitz as their state leader even after he was no longer a member of the party, but they accepted his resignation unanimously.

Kalbitz had been connected with a “far-right” but legal youth group back in 2007 named Heimattreuen Deutschen Jugend (HDJ), translated as 'German Youth Faithful to the Homeland,' which he said he was never officially a member of, but only attended some events. Since that time, this group has been banned in Germany.

AfD vs. Angela Merkel in Germany's Constitutional Court

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2020-07-22 18:44

Germany's highest court, located in Karlsruhe, in session.


By Carolyn Yeager

GERMANY'S PATRIOT PARTY, THE ALTERNATIVE FUER DEUTSCHLAND  (AfD), filed two important lawsuits on Wednesday against Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Karlsruhe High Court for statements she made back on February 5 after the election of Thomas Kemmerich (FDP) as Thuringian state premier.

Merkel, a member of the CDU party, was on a state visit to South Africa at the time, and publicly called the election “unforgivable” and stated “the result must be reversed.” Within a day Kemmerich did voluntarily resign, and a re-run of the vote ended with the re-election of Bodo Ramelow of the Left (communist) Party, which Merkel obviously prefers to any hint of cooperation with the hated (in her eyes) right-wing party, the Alternative fuer Deutschland.

Anti-German German Foreign Minister openly sides with US rioters against police

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2020-06-02 18:54

Heiko Maas, Germany's Social Democrat Foreign Minister, supports lawbreaking as long as it's done by Leftists. When it comes to what he calls the Far Right, he's for cracking down hard.


By Carolyn Yeager

THE LEFT-WING SOCIAL DEMOCRAT FOREIGN MINISTER in Germany, Heiko Maas, joins with left-wingers everywhere in criticising the behavior of law enforcement in the United States. Although the FRG (Federal Republic) is the least democratic state in Europe, with its notorious “Paragraph 130” that excludes anything related in any way to the National Socialist regime of 1933-45 from the general freedoms of speech and association guaranteed by German Basic law, Maas expressed concern for American democracy on Tuesday.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said peaceful protests against police brutality in the United States were "more than legitimate" and called for press freedom for those covering the demonstrations.  (Deutsche Welle.com)

Alternative fuer Deutschland votes to expel a popular right-wing state leader from the party

Published by carolyn on Sat, 2020-05-16 01:08

Andreas Kalbitz since 2017 was a member of the AfD federal executive board. On February 13 it was announced that he - along with Björn Höcke and Hans-Thomas Tillschneider - had been under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution since the beginning of the year. 


By Carolyn Yeager

GERMANY'S AfD PARTY VOTED TO EXPEL THEIR BRANDENBURG STATE LEADER Friday over his past connections with an alleged “neo-nazi” youth movement, despite Andreas Kalbitz' denial that he was ever a member. The vote was close: 7-5 with one abstention.

The current co-leaders of the AfD are Joerg Meuthen and Tino Chrupalla. Other top national leaders include Beatrix von Storch, Alice Weidel, Alexander Gauland and Stephan Brandner. Gauland, age 79, retired from the leadership position last year, but is still Federal Parliamentary Leader along with Weidel.

Gauland: VE Day should not be a public holiday in Germany

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2020-05-06 21:13

Alexander Gauland, AfD parliamentary leader addresses the Bundestag in opposition to a petition to make VE Day a public holiday in Germany.


By Carolyn Yeager

On May 8, Europe will once again commemorate Victory in Europe Day. This year will mark the 75th Anniversary and some people in Germany  want it to become a “public holiday.”

A petition by a “Holocaust survivor” Esther Bejarano urges President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel to proclaim May 8th a public holiday because “This is the day of German liberation and the defeat of the NS regime.” The petition has been signed by 80,000 people as of May 6. Germany's population is 80 million people.

Second AfD politician suffers automobile arson attack

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2020-03-11 02:35

More news from AfD's web page ...

ON MARCH 10, AN ARSON ATTACK WAS DISCOVERED on the car of the AfD provisional Berlin party chairman Nicolaus Fest. The State Criminal Police Office has taken over the investigation. On the same night, a restaurant used temporarily by the AfD for events was also attacked.

Recently, the car of the AfD Federal President Tino Chrupalla was subjected to an arson attack in Saxony. Nicolaus Fest said that neither he nor the party would "back away because of radical leftist violence." He accused the other parties of "inconspicuous smear campaigns against the AfD". While the controlled media in Germany runs stories about the threat of "far-right" violence, the constant violence coming from the Left is ignored.

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Latest immigration news from the AfD in Germany

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2020-03-06 21:16

This current poster reads "We warned about this: Refugee Crisis 2.0!  EU and Merkel must act immediately!  Support the Greeks!  Consequences for Turkey!"


FROM THE ALTERNATIVE FÜR DEUTSCHLAND WEBPAGE, where public statements by party leaders are regularly presented because the established media in Germany ignores the AfD politicians unless they can be characterized in an anti-democratic fashion. The same situation that sends Donald Trump to Twitter! So I thought I'd bring these few to you that I found on their site today. -Carolyn

On March 5th, Federal Board Member Beatrix von Storch said: "Merkel's refugee deal with the Bosporus blackmailer has failed."
She says Erdogan understands only a politics of strength.

Hatred of minorities or Love of country and kin?

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2020-02-21 19:02

Tobias Rathgen, the Hanau gunman, recording a short video that he posted online. He left behind a 24-page “script” detailing recollections of his life and his “racist, sexist” worldview, according to the media. It's been confiscated by authorities and we will probably never be allowed to see it, instead be fed quotes by the media, or possibly a radically condensed version after it's been carefully studied. This man should have mailed it to someone if he wanted it to be known.


By Carolyn Yeager

The recent “shooter” incident in Germany that resulted in 11 deaths is being predictably hyped for all it's worth as an indictment of “Right-wing” thinking. Equally, it is being used as a slamming blow against any revival of German identity and German pride. See how it is being covered on Deutsche Welle, Germany's national broadcaster.

Seventy-five years after the Dresden war crime, still no justice

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2020-02-12 20:40

In memoriam ...

This digital composite image (click to enlarge) shows a statue on the tower of City Hall looking down in compassion at the ruins of the city center wrought by the British-American firebombing of February 13, 1945 as well as the same scene on February 12, 2015 to the left and the right. This area that was the cultural pinacle of historic Germany and the Third Reich has become a parking lot. I think there is a song that goes something like that. The vast majority of the city was devastated by the Allied firebombing of February 13-14, 1945. 

For more photos like this, go here. [photo courtesy The Atlantic.com]  For previous Dresden Anniversary posts, go here.

Anti-Semitic art? Or historical treasure? Wittenberg Judensau is saved.

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2020-02-06 01:13

The famous Judensau (Jews' sow) relief sculpture at Martin Luther's church in Wittenberg, Germany has been spared by a court from being taken down. It's an example of folk art that appeared first during the 13th century in Europe, and remained popular for over 600 years.


By Carolyn Yeager

THE ABOVE IMAGE IS THE MOST FAMOUS EXAMPLE of the Judensau in Germany. Since 1305, it has adorned the State Church of Wittenberg where Martin Luther nailed his “95 theses” to the door in 1517. German Jews have since 1988 been on a campaign to remove and destroy such ancient artwork because, for them, it is offensive. Many churches have complied with Jewish wishes and removed their own Judensau sculptures, woodcuts and engravings.

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