“I can’t keep the party together”

Alexander Gauland is concerned about the party. The reason is the dispute over the exclusion of Kalbitz. Gauland criticizes AfD leader Meuthen – and points to his own political withdrawal.

In the AfD’s dispute over the Andreas Kalbitz case, the Bundestag party leader Alexander Gauland is pessimistic about the future of the party. “I can’t keep the party together when it’s so divided,” said Gauland of the “Welt am Sonntag.” He did not “hope” that the dispute over how to deal with the former Land of Brandenburg and faction leader Kalbitz “would become a party”.

But he is afraid that “the party is going through difficult times and at the moment I see few possibilities to prevent that”. Gauland’s pessimistic assessment of the AfD situation also affects the 79-year-old’s considerations regarding his own political future.

The decision about his own future is open

Gaul no longer wants to act as a parliamentary leader. When asked if he wanted to be part of the following AfD faction after the 2021 Bundestag elections, Gauland said: ‘I have always said that I would only decide in winter. When I see it that way, I’m quite skeptical. ”

Gauland also reiterated his criticism of AfD leader Jörg Meuthen, who made the decision to withdraw Kalbitz’s AfD membership with the help of a narrow majority on the AfD federal board of directors in May. The AfD board had justified the expulsion by saying that when Kalbitz joined the party in 2013, he hid previous memberships with Republicans and the far-right and now banned “Home Youth German Youth” (HDJ). Kalbitz is taking legal action against the arbitration decision, he has now filed a request for provisional legal protection with the court in Berlin. The main application should follow.

In a “RTL / ntv trend barometer” published on Saturday, the AfD reached just eight percent, one point less than the week before. It was 4.6 percent below the result in the 2017 federal election.

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