Published: September 13, 2017, 09:01 CET UTC +02:00
Edited: September 15, 2017, 01:29 CET UTC +02:00
It is just days - a week or so - before the German election on September 24 and some political rhetoric has taken a turn into alleged racist territory with a recent comment by a leader of the AfD party that a German-Turkish politician should be eliminated.
The following includes material reprinted (italics) with permission of dpa-news.de (dpa-news.de, september 12: 12-09-2017):
Most people in Germany are hesitant about openly employing racist rhetoric.
That doesn't seem to be the case with Alexander Gauland, the 76-year-old leader of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which looks set to enter the German parliament for the first time in the September 24 election.
Gauland.... is facing possible charges of racial incitement after he called for a Turkish-German politician to be "disposed of" in Anatolia.
The German government is reportedly increasingly speaking out against the AfD party, and has just recently done so:
"The AfD has little respect for the civil rights grounded in freedom that stem from Germany's constitution," Justice Minister Heiko Maas wrote in a newspaper article on Monday, urging voters not to choose the AfD on election day.
Policy proposals of the AfD include a return to the German Deutschmark currency, banning Islamic face coverings and closing the country's borders to migrants.
[These] still resonate with right-wing voters [but] some have become disillusioned as it has drifted towards the radical right.
The AfD has gained considerable ground in this year's party campaign to run for a place in the Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany.
It scored stunning electoral gains in over a dozen state elections and even managed to win more support than Merkel's conservatives in the chancellor's home state in eastern Germany. (dpa-news.de).
The AfD is running in the German national elections to be held on September 24th. It is described as a right-wing party in terms of its political position.
By Katrina Wood (13-09-2017) with material reprinted from dpa-news.de (12-09-2017)