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Suspected micro breakdown – fuss about statements by AfD politicians

Statements by the AfD member of parliament and party executive Harald Weyel sparked discussions in Berlin on Wednesday.

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Suspected micro breakdown – fuss about statements by AfD politicians

Statements by the AfD member of parliament and party executive Harald Weyel sparked discussions in Berlin on Wednesday. The background is a suspected microphone breakdown at an AfD event on Tuesday evening on the subject of the energy crisis.

After the event, CDU MP Johannes Steiniger posted a 22-second excerpt on Twitter and Facebook. In it, Weyel can be seen and heard speaking to another participant and responding to the latter's statement that it will be dramatic: "You have to say, hopefully, right? If it's not dramatic enough, then it's business as usual."

Steiniger wrote on Facebook on Wednesday: “The AfD is a bunch of unpatriotic haters of Germany. Last night, the AfD faction streamed an event live and 'stupidly' left the microphones on at the end. We hear that MP Weyel hopes that the situation will be very dramatic in the winter. Only when Germany is doing badly does the AfD do well!”

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) tweeted: "While the coalition has just agreed on a relief package, the AfD is hoping for a dramatic situation in winter. This once again shows the true and shameful face of the AfD: it has not the slightest interest in doing anything for the people of this country."

Weyel said on Wednesday when asked: "I wanted to express my fear that only a worsening of the looming crisis will lead to the politicians finally taking the necessary measures to fight the crisis. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I want the crisis to worsen.”

Steiniger's sentence "The AfD is only doing well if Germany is doing badly!" is reminiscent of headlines two years ago: At that time, the AfD parliamentary group had thrown out its former press spokesman Christian Lüth. The background was a TV documentary in which an unrecognizable AfD member was quoted as saying: "(...) the worse things are in Germany, the better for the AfD."

The then parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland said: "The statements attributed to Mr. Lüth are completely unacceptable and in no way compatible with the goals and policies of the AfD and the AfD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag."

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