The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) says it intends to take power in its first state this September, potentially in Saxony.
The AfD won the EU Elections in Saxony in May and also the national vote in the region at the 2017 general election, defeating the incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.
Speaking to supporters earlier today, the party’s leader Joerg Urban said that parties will be unable to govern with them after the Sept. 1 regional elections.
The AfD has promised to ban the teaching of Islam as part of religious education in Saxony’s schools and stands on a national platform opposed to Islam in general, immigration, same-sex marriage, environmentalism and feminism. They are pro-nationalism, pro-Trump, pro-conscription and pro-Israel. The AfD’s Björn Höcke regularly speaks of the “Fatherland” and “Volk.”
Other quotes from the AfD
“People wouldn’t want someone like Boateng as a neighbour.”Alexander Gauland on German international footballer Jerome Boateng
“Puppets of the victorious powers in World War II.”Alice Weidel on the German political establishment
“Use firearms if necessary” to “prevent illegal border crossings.”Frauke Petry on immigration
“People who won’t accept stop at our borders are attackers and we have to defend ourselves against attackers.”Beatrix von Storch on immigration
“..get rid of, once and for all, this rank growth on the German racial corpus”Andre Poggenburg on socialists