Ger­man far-right AfD pushes ‘Dexit’

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Riesay

– Ger­man far-right party AfD voted yes­ter­day to cam­paign for Ber­lin’s exit from the EU in the up­com­ing Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions if its de­mand for re­forms within the bloc are 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 time­frame”, 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 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 yes­ter­day would have adopted or re­jected the en­tire cam­paign pack­age. Elec­tions for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment will take place in May.

AfD was founded as a euroscep­tic party, but rose to its cur­rent strength in Ger­many’s na­tional par­lia­ment after right-wingers switched its fo­cus to op­pos­ing Is­lam and im­mi­gra­tion. Its lead­ers ar­gue too much power has been trans­ferred to Brus­sels. – AFP

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