Berlin (dpa) – After the disturbances in the Bundestag last week, union politicians have called for consequences for the AfD. Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) said in Berlin before a video link for CDU / CSU MPs that they “had to defend themselves against the beginning”.
Alexander Dobrindt, the leader of the CSU regional group, started a discussion on the rules of procedure of parliament with the aim of keeping AfD members away from important posts.
From the point of view of CSU chief Markus Söder, the security authorities should shed more light on the network between the AfD and the so-called lateral thinker movement, which regularly demonstrates against state Corona measures.
During the vote on the Infection Protection Act last Wednesday, visitors to the Reichstag building came through AfD MPs, who harassed, filmed, and sometimes insulted supporters of the law. Visitors also broke into parliamentary offices.
On Tuesday, the AfD parliamentary group withdrew two MPs involved in the incidents involving troublemakers from the opportunity to speak for three months. A spokesman said the group did not accept speech proposals for Petr Bystron and Udo Hemmelgarn until the end of February. Short interventions and surveys of the two should also not be passed on during this period.
Brinkhaus said about the incidents that there were in any case no surveillance duties for visitors. Attention will be paid to how the Bundestag government will punish and punish obvious violations of the rules of procedure.
Dobrindt said that after the latest events, it was no longer to explain to anyone “if an AfD parliamentary group were to pass claims to a vice president”. The CSU has always opposed the election of an AfD member as vice president of the Bundestag. “In the meantime, the last doubters must also be convinced that this group cannot get positions in such bodies.”
According to the rules of procedure of the Bundestag and agreements in the Council of Elders, the composition of the committees and the chairmanship of the committees are determined on the basis of the strength of the parliamentary groups. The AfD is the largest opposition group and chairs the particularly important budget committee. After several failed attempts, the AfD wants to try again on Thursday to have one of its members elected as a deputy for Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU).
Söder told the “Passauer Neue Presse” and the “Donaukurier” (Tuesday): “It is precisely the lateral thinkers that develop as sects and isolate normal citizens in their conspiracy bubble. They have a different understanding of the state and society.” In protecting the constitution, attention should be paid to this group and its relationship to the AfD. Regarding the considerations of an AfD ban, he said that after the failed ban process, for example the NPD, one must be “very careful” about it.
The AfD faction defended itself. Your parliamentary manager, Bernd Baumann, said: “We have not reached an agreement with anyone.” Baumann described the guests of AfD MPs, who had harassed politicians in the Bundestag on the day of the Infection Protection Act vote, as “lost”. The parliamentary group apologized for their misconduct. AfD MP Petr Bystron, through whose office a woman had come to the Bundestag who insulted Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), said upon request that he had reported to Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble the day after the incident and admitted him a written apology.