Germany’s Right-Wing AfD Party Wants to Put Merkel on Trial

“We have to take our own interests into account, and taking in masses of refugees is not in the interests of Germany."

Chancellor Angela Merkel should be put on trial after the end of her tenure, demanded the leader of Germany’s right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD).

“Angela Merkel must be put on trial before a proper court,” the AfD leader Alice Weidel said in a newspaper interview today. Merkel’s actions in the wake of the migrant crisis of 2015 “violated both the established German and the European law,” Weidel added.

Weidel is one of the two top AfD candidates challenging Chancellor Merkel in this month’s general election. The AfD has elected Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland to lead the party in the September 24 election.

Alexander Gauland, a 76-year-old veteran politician who left Merkel’s CDU to become the founding member of the AfD, also slammed the German Chancellor’s policy of open borders for illegal migrants in similarly harsh terms. “[Illegal migrants] shouldn't even be allowed into the country,” Gauland said in a recent TV interview. “We have to take our own interests into account, and taking in masses of refugees is not in the interests of Germany."

The leading German newspaper Die Welt reported:

Just weeks ahead of the General Election, the AfD attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel in sharp terms. “We must deal with Chancellor’s violations of law. Angela Merkel must be put on trial before a proper court,” Top AfD candidate Alice Weidel said in an interview with the newspaper Passauer Neuen Presse. [Translation by author]

The AfD has gained much political ground since the migrant crisis began in 2015. The party has managed to enter in 13 of the country's 16 state parliaments.

While most opinion polls show Merkel with a double-digit lead over her Social Democratic rival, Martin Schulz, the AfD is expected to enter the German parliament, or Bundestag, for the first time as the third-largest political party. The AfD has promised to launch a parliamentary inquiry into Merkel’s handling of both the migrant and Euro crises as one of its first actions upon entering the parliament.

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