The German far-right AfD expels its main candidate from the party’s EU delegation
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The German far-right AfD expels its main candidate from the party’s EU delegation

German far-right politician Maksymilian Krah, who was banned from his party’s EU campaign after making controversial statements about Germany’s Nazi past, will also be excluded from the AfD delegation in the European Parliament, his party colleagues decided on Monday.

Krah, who was actually the leading candidate of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the EU elections, has also made headlines in recent weeks for his alleged links to pro-Russian networks and China.

His statement that not all members of the SS – the Nazi paramilitary group – were criminals led to his party being expelled from the right-wing Identity and Democracy group in the European Parliament shortly before the elections.

After the AfD came second in Germany with 15.9%, AfD presidents Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla met newly elected AfD legislators in Berlin on Monday morning.

The meeting was to focus on the party’s future delegation to the European Parliament and the selection of the group’s leader.

The victory of the conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the AfD’s gains in the EU elections put further pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left coalition.

Maximilian Krah, the main candidate of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the 2024 European elections, gives an interview after leaving consultations with newly elected AfD MEPs after the European elections.  Krah will not be part of the future AfD delegation to the European Parliament.  At the inaugural meeting, newly elected Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the motion not to include Kraha.  Britta Pedersen/dpaMaximilian Krah, the main candidate of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the 2024 European elections, gives an interview after leaving consultations with newly elected AfD MEPs after the European elections.  Krah will not be part of the future AfD delegation to the European Parliament.  At the inaugural meeting, newly elected Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the motion not to include Kraha.  Britta Pedersen/dpa