The leader of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) celebrated his party’s 10th founding anniversary on Monday by criticizing the country's government's support for Ukraine.
AfD leader Tino Chrupalla said Germany’s high inflation is due to Berlin's refusal to move ahead with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He blamed the country’s multi-party coalition, headed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
By declining trade with Russia and China, Germany was making itself “unilaterally dependent on the West, with expensive and dirty fracking gas coming from overseas instead of cheap gas from Nord Stream,” Chrupalla said.
Several Western countries have seen a rise in inflation due to several factors, most notably Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as the aftershocks of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Elenor Pospiech, the regional chairwoman of Germany’s ruling SPD party, pushed back, saying, the AfD is playing into Putin’s hands by fomenting uncertainty among the population.
“They are using fake news, labeling themselves as the anti-war party. Their actions are disruptive fire. This makes democratic work difficult,“ Pospiech said.
Some context: Ten years after its founding, the AfD has evolved from a rallying point for those dissatisfied with Germany's euro bailout policy into a party with anti-constitutional content, according to the German domestic intelligence services (BfV).
In one of the largest counterterrorism operations in the history of the Federal Republic, three former and one current AfD members were arrested, including ex-lawmaker and judge Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, when plans for a coup were uncovered in December 2022.