Conflicts in the AfD party have recently become more visible. After the annulment of the party membership of the former AfD parliamentary group leader in the state of Brandenburg, Andreas Kalbitz, due to right-wing extremist connections, the AfD parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Alexander Gauland, has indirectly questioned the future of his party’s leader, Jörg Meuthen.
If Kalbitz gets justice before the party or an ordinary court, “it will be difficult for those who started it,” said Gauland. Kalbitz announced that he would like to take legal action. Allegations were made that Kalbitz had kept his membership in the right-wing extremist HDJ secret, among other things. The federal executive board of the AfD then decided that Kalbitz had never legally joined the AfD, albeit with a narrow majority.
Meuthen rejects thoughts
Meuthen rejects Gauland’s speculations. Unlike his predecessors Bernd Lucke and Frauke Petry, there would be no disempowerment. At the same time, Meuthen spoke out for a special party conference. This is a “very good idea to clarify the majority situation”, he said. The “community of attitudes” and ideas of right wing Björn Höcke had no majority, Meuthen emphasized.