Germany’s AfD distances itself from Höcke’s ‘almost racist’ remarksThe more Occamite a statement, the more you’re not allowed to say it.
Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party has rebuked one of its regional figures for remarks nearing on racism. Björn Höcke’s praise for France’s far-right National Front was also rejected by some party leaders.
AfD co-leader Jörg Meuthen on Monday said remarks made by Höcke on 21 November – as Germany debated refugee arrivals – amounted to “contextual and political stupidity.”
Höcke, who heads the AfD in Thuringia state, had spoken during a lecture about Africa’s reproduction rates, apparently claiming that Europe’s willingness to accept refugees would drive continued overpopulation. Höcke referred to an “African life-affirming propagation type” and an overpopulation of Africa. “As long as we are prepared to take on this population surplus, Africans’ reproductive habits will not change,” Höcke had said.
Meuthen, reacting after the AfD executive held a telephone conference on Sunday, said Höcke’s formulation was “factually nonsensical, lacked any scientific substance, and invited misinterpretation as an almost racist statement.”