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The far-right AfD opens a face-to-face congress with the slogan "Germany. But normal"

Berlin, Apr 10 (EFE) .- The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) opened its federal congress in Dresden today in face-to-face format under the slogan “Germany. But normal”, with the aim of approving its program for the September general elections and in which it is presented as the “only real opposition party.”

In his opening speech, Jörg Meuthen, co-chair of the AfD, accused Chancellor Angela Merkel and the coalition parties of having “step by step destroyed” in the last 16 years this normality necessary for the functioning of society, which It should be obvious “as it was for decades” in Germany.

He added that the AfD is “the only real opposition party” that still wants this normalcy in this “crazy country.”

For Meuthen, facing the September elections, voters only need to read two electoral programs, that of the AfD -party that he claimed is equivalent to freedom- and that of “the so-called greens” -which, “camouflaged as supposed environmentalists”, represent socialism – because that of the rest of the parties, he added, is “irrelevant.”

The “driving political force” – along with AfD as the only real opposition in the country, he reiterated – are, “to the horror” of every sensible person, the Greens, because Merkel’s conservatives, after 16 years, are “empty” and “shaken by scandals”.

On the other hand, Meuthen called to go together to the elections in this “electoral super-year” and referred in particular to the elections in June in Saxony-Anhalt, where the party “has great options” to become the first force, he said, after placing itself in the previous regionals in second place with 24.2% of the votes.

Meuthen also expressed his satisfaction with the fact that his party is holding its second federal congress since the beginning of the pandemic in person and before more than 600 delegates.

He stated that the AfD wants to demonstrate that there is no need for “these orgies of prohibition, this confinement, this madness of stopping public life” when citizens are trusted and invited “fanatics of prohibitions” to continue holding their congresses in a manner virtual.

Alternative for Germany, which in the eight years since its founding has managed to gain access to all regional chambers and after the 2017 elections to the Bundestag as the main opposition force, will not achieve, according to recent polls, improve or repeat the 12.6% of the votes of the last general elections.

In the regional elections last March in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg (south), the AfD fell 5.4 points, to 9.7% of the votes, and in Rhineland-Palatinate (west) it lost 4.3, to 8.3%.

(c) EFE Agency

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