“party confirmed”Alternative for GermanyThe far-right extremist said on Wednesday that he was in discussions with an Austrian extremist party that supports repatriation, but denied supporting the idea of mass expulsion of foreigners.
The German fact-checking platform “Correctiv” reported that members of the Alternative Party, neo-Nazis, and businessmen met in November in the city of Potsdam, adjacent to Berlin, to discuss a plan to expel foreigners or people of foreign origin from Germany.
The co-founder of the Austrian Identity Movement, Martin Sellner, presented a project to return about two million asylum seekers, foreigners and German citizens who have not been integrated, to North Africa, according to Korektiv.
Among the AfD members, the meeting was attended by the personal representative of the party's co-leader, Alice Weidel, Roland Hartwig, MP Gerrit Hoy, and the head of the AfD's regional parliamentary bloc in Saxony, Ulrich Siegmund.
The Alternative Party explained that Hartwig presented a project for a social networking site during this meeting, and the party added that Hartwig did not present political strategies, nor did he convey to the party Sellner’s ideas regarding immigration policy.
The Alternative Party, which is under the supervision of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (the German domestic intelligence service), is making progress in the opinion polls.
In recent months, this party has benefited from the population's feeling of insecurity due to the new influx of immigrants into the country, and the ongoing disputes between the three parties that make up the coalition led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
He hopes to build on his successes in the opinion polls to win the European elections scheduled for June.