“Do not see anything extreme right in HOcke’s statements”

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Members of the right-wing national “wing”: BjOrn HOcke and Andreas Kalbitz.


The foreign policy spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, Armin-Paulus Hampel, has protected the best-known representatives of the right-wing “wing” observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, BjOrn HOcke and Andreas Kalbitz.

“I do not recognize anything in the statements by Mr. HOcke and Mr. Kalbitz that I would see as right-wing extremist or right-wing radical, nothing at all,” he said on Friday on ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution had declared the “wing” in the party an observation case on Thursday.

According to constitutional protection “right-wing extremists”

He sees his suspicions confirmed that the merger is an extreme right-wing effort. The Thuringian AfD faction leader HOcke and the Brandenburg faction leader Kalbitz are “right-wing extremists”, said the President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Thomas Haldenwang.

According to Hampel, the AfD is a people’s party, so you have to be broad. The “wing” is therefore part of the party, but not right-wing extremists. (dpa)

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