Kalkar (dpa) – Despite the public criticism of their big event in Corona times, about 600 AfD delegates are gathering today for a federal party conference in Kalkar.
With its fundamental criticism of the state’s anti-corona measures, the AfD has found a new topic. The contact restrictions to contain the pandemic are also likely to be a problem in the speeches of party leaders Tino Chrupalla and Jörg Meuthen. You open the party congress – together with the chairman of the host state association of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rüdiger Lucassen.
The event is announced as a social party conference. Because the right-wing populists have not yet agreed on a concept for a sustainable pension system. The question of how the AfD compares to basic income will probably be hotly debated. For example, an amendment stipulates that German nationals living in Germany should receive a basic monthly income of EUR 500, while foreigners may continue to receive social benefits only after an income survey.
About 1000 opponents of the AfD want to demonstrate near the event hall, which is located on the former site of a power plant in the “Wunderland Kalkar”. Both protesters and delegates have a mask requirement everywhere. The public order office has announced that it will also look in the hall to see whether the officially approved hygiene concept is being implemented for the event. A complaint from the AfD against the mandatory wearing of mouth and nose protection on the chair was unsuccessful.
Two positions in the federal executive committee must also be filled at the party congress. Long-time treasurer Klaus Fohrmann stepped down in January. AfD board member Andreas Kalbitz was denied membership in May for allegedly hiding his membership from the far-right homelike German youth (HDJ) and Republicans. The midterm elections are scheduled for Sunday.
Birgit Bessin from Brandenburg and European Parliamentarian Maximilian Krah from Saxony were recently traded as potential candidates. Carsten Hütter, who was deputy treasurer before Fohrmann’s resignation and is currently responsible for the finances of the party, wants to take on this task definitively.
The Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann (CSU) of Bavaria sees the AfD on the way to radicalization. «The blunt anti-Semitism of Björn Höcke, who was re-elected as the Thuringian state president, the racist feelings of many AfD supporters, who with some members have an outstretched arm in parliament, the solidarity with extremists on the street who despise our state and its organs Do not shy away from criminal acts, break taboos in the Bundestag – I am convinced that the AfD is on the way to further radicalization, ”Herrmann told the editorial network Germany (RND) and argued for a corresponding response by the protection of the constitution.