The publication of an internal report with recommendations for action for the afd has further fueled the debate on whether the party should be monitored by the constitutional protection agency.
The recommendation of an expert to refrain from using terms such as "uberfremdung" and "umvolkung" in order to avoid secret service observation does not change the fact that the party must be observed, CDU politician patrick sensburg told the "handelsblatt" newspaper. "The fact that the afd wants to swap terms shows that it now wants to swap over its true contents just to avoid observation."
On friday, it became known that the legal expert dietrich murswiek, who was appointed by the afd, urgently warned the party against the use of certain terms, as these could provide evidence for observation by the constitutional protection agency. In a summary of the report, which is available to the deutsche presse-agentur and ARD, party members are also advised to avoid blanket statements such as "refugees are criminals" or "old parties are corrupt," which denigrate certain groups.
In the view of the vice chairman of the grunen parliamentary group, konstantin von notz, the report documents the "extreme radicalization" of the afd party. "With the list of symptoms of anti-constitutionalism that it has now drawn up itself, the party has apparently come to the self-diagnosis that the afd is lost constitutionally," von notz told the "handelsblatt" newspaper.
In the same newspaper, SPD deputy chairman ralf stegner called for the afd to be monitored because it "actively fights the fundamental rights and values of our free constitutional order". The report only proves the "helpless attempt of the party leadership to deny this fact and to camouflage its own anti-democratic political objectives.
FDP interior politician konstantin kuhle told the newspaper that it was "scurrilous that the self-appointed champions of free speech and freedom of opinion, of all people, want to muzzle themselves in order to conceal their political plans and escape observation by the constitutional protection agency".
Christoph heubner, executive vice president of the international auschwitz committee, called the report’s recommendations for action "disguising strategies" that could not hide the fact that the party is also represented by nazi admirers and is "permeated almost daily by right-wing extremist ideas".
Thuringia’s afd leader bjorn hocke, on the other hand, warned his party against panic. Fear of secret service surveillance is "political bedwetting". If party members believed that terms such as "people" or "old parties" should no longer be used to prevent the afd from being monitored, that was political foolishness, hocke said on saturday at a state party conference in pfiffelbach, where he was confirmed in office. The 46-year-old, who is the spokesman for the ultra-right wing in the afd, received 81.2 percent of the votes cast.
The lower saxony afd had already given instructions to its members this week on how to avoid monitoring the party. The constitutional protection offices in bremen and lower saxony decided a few weeks ago to observe the afd youth organizations there. The junge alternative wants to decide this sunday at a national congress whether the state associations will be dissolved.
The bavarian constitutional protection agency is currently also monitoring three members of the new afd faction in bavaria. Thuringia’s constitutional protection agency is currently considering whether to place the afd or parts of the party under observation for possible anti-constitutional tendencies. The afd leadership has invited the public to a press conference on "the afd, constitutional protection and freedom of opinion in germany" in berlin next monday.