BERLIN (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday equated the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party with the Nazis who ruled the country from 1933 to 1945, an insult rarely heard in national politics.
In an interview with Internet provider t-online.de, Gabriel said many German voters were considering voting for the AfD in a Sept. 24 parliamentary election because they felt their concerns about migration, security and jobs were not being addressed.
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“If we’re unlucky, then these people will send a signal of dissatisfaction that will have terrible consequences. Then we will have real Nazis in the German Reichstag for the first time since the end of World War Two,” said Gabriel, a Social Democrat.
His comments were unusual given Germans’ continued sensitivity to Nazi references, even 70 years after the war ended. Contacted by Reuters, the AfD had no immediate response.
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Founded in 2013 as an anti-European Union party, the AfD shifted its focus after the euro zone debt crisis eased off and began to campaign against immigration, fueled by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders to over a million migrants and refugees, many fleeing war in the Middle East.
The party has...
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