• Sunday, Sep 25, 2022
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

Far-right AfD to campaign on German EU exit

  • Published at 02:48 pm January 13th, 2019
Web_Anti-afd-protest
Police officers stand in front of the anti-AfD protest during Alternative for Germany (AfD) party meeting on the upcoming European election in Riesa, Saxony, Germany, January 12, 2019 REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

The decision marks the first time any party has called for 'Dexit' - a German departure from the EU in the mould of Brexit

German far-right party AfD voted on Sunday to campaign for Berlin's exit from the EU in the upcoming European Parliament elections if its demand for reforms within the bloc is not met.

The decision marks the first time any party has called for "Dexit" - a German departure from the EU in the mould of Brexit.

If the EU is not reshaped in line with the party's ideas "in an appropriate time frame," Germany must leave the bloc, according to the draft manifesto agreed by delegates at a party congress in eastern Saxony state.

Congress attendees also voted through a call to abolish the European Parliament - the very Brussels body the AfD candidates will be campaigning to join this spring.

"We see nation-states as having the exclusive competence to make laws," the text read, blasting the "751 privileged members" of the present European house.

While both demands are now in the draft manifesto, a final vote later Sunday will adopt or reject the entire campaign package.

Elections for the European Parliament will take place in May. 

AfD was originally founded as a eurosceptic party, but rose to its current strength and representation in Germany's national parliament after right-wingers took over and switched its focus to opposing Islam and immigration.

Like other nationalist movements around the continent, its leaders argue too much power has been transferred to Brussels, saying the EU has far outgrown its origins in economic cooperation.

"We don't need to abolish the EU, but bring it back to its sensible core," AfD leader Alexander Gauland told delegates Saturday ahead of the vote, saying the party "has partners that would walk the path with us" like Austria's FPOe or Italy's Lega.

Concerned about scaring off potential voters in majority pro-EU Germany, party chiefs warned the congress against even harder proposals that would have called for an exit if AfD's reform demands were not imposed by 2024.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail