It’s no secret that as the biggest opposition party in the country, right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) poses a massive threat to globalist politicians like Angela Merkel.
This is precisely why earlier this week on Tuesday, Focus Magazine reported that Thomas Haldenwang, the newly installed head of the Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the German secret police, plans to put Alternative for Germany (AfD) under surveillance for purported ‘anti-democratic tendencies.’
Just in November of last year, former head of the BfV, Hans-Georg Maassen, was ousted from the position due to his vocal opposition against domestic intelligence in Germany observing the AfD.
A few months earlier in August, following the murder of two Germans by Middle Eastern migrants in the city of Chemnitz, mass protests against immigration were carried out by German civilians. German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the demonstrations, calling them ‘Nazi manhunts,’ a ridiculous claim with zero evidence to back it up.
Massen, head of the BfV at the time, challenged Merkel on this outrageous claim that was of course echoed by the international mainstream press.
You can now begin to see the reason Massen was removed from his position. In true authoritarian fashion, Merkel couldn’t have the head of the domestic intelligence apparatus calling into question her unfounded claims.
The investigation into AfD marks the very first time in German history since World War II that a party seated in the Bundestag (German parliament) has been put under this degree of scrutiny.
After World War II, Germany adopted a new constitution which allows the government to restrict so-called ‘extremist’ ideologies via the monitoring or banning of parties deemed as ‘too extreme.’
In the case that German secret police do officially label the Alternative for Germany party as ‘extremist,’ government employees, teachers, lawyers, and others will be prevented from joining the populist party.
In a recent tweet, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas hinted at the latest report and suggested the ideas of AfD should be challenged instead of being limited or shut down by the government. He wrote, “Observing them won’t solve the problems. Above all, we need to deal with the AfD objectively and politically.”
Regarding the intelligence probe, AfD foreign policy spokesperson, Petr Bystron commented saying, “This is a pure propaganda campaign to smear us. The Verfassungsschutz has been keeping tabs on us for months and published a thousand-page report, which found no evidence whatsoever of any illegal activity. With the European and state elections coming, which promise to be a landslide for the AfD, the ruling parties need some way to attack us. This is the same secret police that has allowed Islamic terrorists to roam freely, such as Anis Amri, who perpetrated the 2016 Christmas market massacre. They are subject to political control by the ruling parties, who now are not hesitating to use them as a political weapon to club their opponents with.”
After narrowly missing the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the German parliament in 2013, four years later in 2017, the AfD successfully secured representation in 14 of the 16 German state parliaments, and became the third-largest party in Germany, laying claim to a total of 94 seats in the federal parliament.
Since 2017, support for populist parties across Europe has only continued to surge. As of today, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia all have populist politicians as heads of state and as ruling parties.
Globalist politicians like Merkel in Germany or Macron in France have reason to be afraid. Angela Merkel isn’t dumb. She sees the writing on the wall.
The only way for parties like her own to stay in power is to usurp the democratic process and attenuate the will of the German people.
The irony is that to both usurp the democratic process and limit the will of the German people. She must denounce and investigate the party with ever-increasing public support as anti-democratic.