The protection of the Constitution is currently examining whether the AfD should be monitored in the future.
In order to avoid such an observation, recommendations for action are given for the approximately 33,000 members.
These "handovers" include, for example, evidence that "blanket defamation of foreigners / immigrants / refugees / should be omitted".
By Sebastian Pittelkow, Katja Riedel and Jens Schneider, Berlin
The AfD has written for its members first so-called handouts, which should help to avoid observation of the party by the constitutional protection. In the 41-page paper, which is available to NDR, WDR and SZ, recommendations for action are given for the approximately 33,000 members, who to a certain extent provide language regulations. The "handouts" include, for example, evidence that "blanket defamation of foreigners / immigrants / refugees / should be omitted". In general, it is said that avoiding blanket judgments that discredit certain groups. Also, the religious freedom of Muslims should not "generally be questioned".
The protection of the Constitution is currently examining whether the AfD should be monitored in the future. Already, some particularly extremist national associations of their youth organization are under surveillance. The recommendations to the base were drafted by an internal "working group constitution protection" of the AfD, which had set the Federal executive committee. The party leadership has announced that it wants to make the AfD unassailable for the protection of the constitution.
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Internally there is great unrest. Thus, the peak and more moderate forces worry that the officials and state-employed members could retreat in case of an observation. Radical forces speak against an impending self-censorship. This is what the Thuringian AfD leader Björn Höcke called the fear of the protection of the constitution "political bed-wetting".
Basis for the paper is the opinion of the constitutional lawyer Murswiek
The working group is headed by the lawyer Roland Hartwig, he is deputy chairman of the AFD parliamentary group. The basis for her paper was a report by constitutional lawyer Dietrich Murswiek, which became known a few weeks ago. The handouts provide brief information on the protection of the Constitution and possible consequences of its practice. The authors distinguish between clearly anti-constitutional statements and those that could be "wrongly rated as anti-constitutional".
The authors describe in detail "comprehensible indications of anti-constitutional aspirations": These include, for example, "the demand to avoid general building of mosques" or the attempt "to present all Muslims as a potential danger to society". The paper gives directions to party structures, how to respond to utterances – such as by party order procedure. Thus, the paper states: "If someone makes a statement that can properly be interpreted as indicative of anti-constitutional sentiment, he should withdraw or correct the utterance." Also listed is what consequences the party should draw if members "do not correct themselves".
The AfD also mentions a series of statements that, according to their assessment, would be considered by the constitutional protection to be "questionably" indicative of anti-constitutional aspirations. They, too, need to be taken into account because avoiding an observation is "of the utmost importance", even if it is legally successful. These include the use of terms such as "alienation", "rearrangement" or "conservative revolution".
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