Germany’s informal deal not to cooperate with far-right political parties was dealt a blow in the central state of Thuringia on Thursday when the SDU and Free Democrats relied on AfD votes to decide on tax breaks.
In parts of eastern Germany, the far-right Alternative for Germany has been the most popular party in polls for months. The party’s support is also growing due to rising prices and the uncertain future of the economy, but this firewall, which consisted of all the other parties, kept the AfD away from power.
The change came on Thursday in Thuringia’s parliament, when the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Free Democrats and AfD voted together for tax breaks, against the wishes of the leftist coalition.
Prime Minister of Thuringia Bodo Ramelow he said it was Thursday “the blackest day” in his parliamentary career. He said the CDU could consult with his coalition on how to achieve the goal of helping poor residents without a joint vote with the AfD.
Regional leader of the CDU Mario Voigt but he said that such an action would practically deprive him of the possibility of opposition. “I can’t make good, important decisions that help families and the economy if I subject it to the risk that the wrong people might vote for them,” he said.
Last month, the district of Sonneberg in Thuringia elected the first AfD district administrator in Germany, and in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, the AfD’s candidate for administrator made it to the second round after receiving the most votes in the first round.
Polls show that the AfD has 32 percent support in Thuringia, and the most support in three other states in the poorer east of Germany.
In Thuringia, counter-terrorism authorities officially monitor the regional AfD, which they describe as an extremist organization.
To the regional head of the party Björn Höcke is on trial for hate speech after using a slogan derived from a Nazi chant.
Head of the security service of Thuringia Stephan Kramer he noted that the AfD “mosaic” far-right organizations that have established themselves in this country, taking advantage of cheaper real estate and highway connections that allow them to quickly get anywhere in Germany.
The AfD has also recently become the most popular party in the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds the capital Berlin, which raises doubts that the sanitary cordon around this party can withstand.
Premier of the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein Daniel Gunther he pointed out that they have “the democrats have a common duty to oppose the AfD”.