Monday, September 5, 2016

German Jewish leader: AdF rise is 'frightening'

Via The Local:
The head of the German Jewish community said the rise of the right-wing populist and anti-migrant AfD party was "frightening", ahead of a key state election Sunday.

The Alternative for Germany party is polling above 20 percent in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has her electoral seat.

Support for the AfD in the state is at a similar level to Merkel'sconservative CDU and just behind the centre-left Social Democrats.

"The voters aren't realising they are voting for a party that doesn't want to distance itself from the far-right spectrum," president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster told AFP Friday.

The AfD, which gained support when Germany took in a huge influx of refugees, "offers just slogans, no solutions", said Schuster.

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