A dangerous precedent: Cooperation of liberals and conservatives with the far-right in Thuringia


Anti-AfD protest, Dresden, 2019

A protester carries a poster reading "Stop AfD" at an anti-far-right "Unteilbar" protest, August 24 2019 in Dresden, eastern Germany. Thousands of German citizens protested against the German far-right during the federal elections campaign last year. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

The Party of European Socialists is outraged that a dangerous collaboration with the far-right is taking place in Thuringia. In this German state, a Liberal Democrat has been voted in as regional Prime Minister with the support of the far-right AfD and the cooperation of the conservative CDU.

This is a flagrant violation of the long-held consensus to isolate far-right parties in the German Federal Republic. 

The PES finds this precedent a threat to democracy.

PES Secretary General Achim Post, MdB said:

“Those who cooperate with Höcke’s far-right AfD, either openly or behind closed doors, are responsible for breaking one of the biggest political taboos in the history of the German Federal Republic.”

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“We cannot expect responsible behaviour from the far-right, but we would expect that from parties that claim to be centrist. Trading the protection of the democratic institutions for short political gain is wrong and will backfire.”