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André Poggenburg founds an alliance right of the AfD. For his former party, unlike previous splits, this could become a real problem.
Saxony-Anhalt’s former AFD country chief André Poggenburg has left the party. As a reason he called differences with the party leadership. She had recently been banned from office for two years for right-wing extremist statements. Poggenburg is said to have already founded a new party called “Aufbruch deutscher Patrioten – Mitteldeutschland” (AdP). This could putexplosive force for a new, nationalist-right movement, fears Michael Lühmann of the Institute for Democracy Research Göttingen in a guest post.

It was not so long ago that it was considered certain that there was little room in the party system of the Federal Republic of Germany for a party to the right of the Union. Republicans, DVU, NPD – they might celebrate temporary or local successes, for a nationwide establishment, for third place in the polls, it could not be enough in the gray party theory. But then came the AFD . And the amazing thing about the success of this party, which had long been operating in right-wing extremist patterns of thinking and linguistic images, was that every legal shift in the long run brought it more consent. The derailments of the Thuringian state boss Björn Höcke, the system overcoming fantasies of Alexander Gauland, the life of Andreas Kalbitz. Nothing seemed to diminish the approval – at least not in the east of the republic.

But there, André Poggenburg, the once powerful AfD leader of Saxony-Anhalt and the first chairman of the fiercely drafted AFD parliamentary group, is leaving the line for success – in order to found a new party. The chances of success for the party project of the aggrieved ego Poggenburg, they seem marginal. Finally, other spin-offs, such as Frauke Petry’s “Blue Turn” or the “Liberal-Conservative Reformers”, are footnotes in party history only removed from the party competition. And yet, there is some evidence that it could be different in Poggenburg’s party founding.

First, it will be pointed out that all previous spin-offs “left” of the AfD have located, even if this ideological front position usually served only to personal conflicts to give a deeper meaning. The AfD could never do this dangerous, after all, they could always sell themselves as the authentic “alternative” that did not, like Petry, Pretzell or Lucke had succumbed to the temptations of coalition formation and could be abqualifiziert quickly under the label CDU 2.0 because of the assumed realpolitik course. But now Poggenburg, and this refers to the first major difference, the label on the AfD itself. “The AfD is increasingly overriding its most active champions with party order measures to push them out of the party and transform them into a CDU 2.0,” Poggenburg’s dictum, with which he lures “The National Conservatives” in a newly formed Facebook group.

On the one hand this is of course tactically understandable, but on the content level it remains (almost) without correspondence. After all, there are no worlds between Poggenburg’s national fantasies and those of the wing around Höcke , probably not even villages or streets. What distinguishes the two is at most the style, the rhetoric, the foundation of their own worldview. If Höcke is the right thinker, who calculates and sprays his poison concentratedly, Poggenburg is more likely to be considered an elephant in the china shop, which seems to be too clumsy to petition the security authorities for an observation. True to the motto: Much enemy ‘- a lot of honor’.

Poggenburg is not the only one

But since Poggenburg also needs a legitimation for the secession on the right edge, he does not accidentally gather initiators of the “Stuttgart Declaration” around himself, which above all sends a central message: It may in the AfD, the imminent observation by the Verfassungsschutz in mind, give no thought and speech bans – even if this could lead to an observation. And so next to him other threatened by party exclusion or affected by bureaucrats occupied southpaw of the party – especially prominent the recently resigned in Schleswig-Holstein from all offices Doris of Sayn-Wittgenstein, Other names that are already negotiating on Twitter, are from Leipzig and blue cornflower-bearer – a sign of recognition of Austrian Nazis in the thirties – Uta Nuremberg or imposed a ban offices Chemnitz AFD politician Benjamin Przybylla. But the most intriguing figure in the new attempt at a right collection could be Jürgen Elsässer, his strained relationship with parts of the AFD is no longer a secret. And his possible involvement says something about the ideological and organizational clout of a new “Central German” movement.

Small word, great suction

And just in the small word “Central German” is the real explosive force of the new, völkisch-right movement to Poggenburg. This word, harmless only at first glance, that also marks the territorial boundaries of Central German Broadcasting, for example, could be a precursor to the next taboo break on the right-hand side of the supply chain. As the borders of the MDR on the Oder and Neisse end – a circumstance that unfortunately has little to be discussed – a collection in the so-called “Central German area” meets the eastern outer border of the Federal Republic. It is only a short way from here to relocate the borders to the “East German area”, which, insinuated by the toxic and widely used in right-wing circles term “Central German”, an East German “connection area” awaits.

Whether the AfD can ward off this attack from the right, can not currently be determined reputable. That the dreams of a “Greater German Reich” are not over, can be assumed in times of rampant right-wing. And that is then not only connectable for the East of Germany, but in the entire Federal Republic.