A new political party has been founded in Germany: Die Freiheit (Freedom). Its founder, René Stadtkewitz had previously been in the CDU but was expelled last Tuesday following his invitation to Geert Wilders to speak in Berlin. Given the recent controversy in Germany connected to the publication of Thilo Sarrazin’s book ‘Germany Abolishes Itself’ and its heavy criticism of Islam and Germany’s Muslim minorities, the indicators are that such a party could exert some appeal amongst sections of the German electorate. Following Sarrazin’s ostracism by the German political class which has resulted in his expulsion from the SPD and his announcement that he will be stepping down from his membership of the Bundesbank board before the end of September, might he not be tempted to join Die Freiheit?
The Islam in Europe blog quotes Stadtkewitz as saying: “Islam is not just a religion, it’s also a political system. Islam is intolerant towards those who think differently.” He states that although the name of his new party is similar to Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party (PVV) that the two are not (at least yet) linked, although the new party is said to be a “civic, liberal party” which would seem to ideologically align it with the PVV.
The 45-year-old Stadtkewitz has announced that the first elections to be contested by Die Freiheit will be those to the Berlin House of Representatives in the autumn of 2011. At the party’s core is the aim of reconnecting with voters who feel alienated from the established parties through a commitment to direct democracy modelled on the Swiss pattern, a prioritisation of personal freedom, reducing immigration and encouraging integration of Germany’s immigrant and immigrant-descended population: “To those who share our liberal values and are integrated with us, you are very welcome” but those “who would like to introduce the Sharia and treat women as second-class should not be tolerated.”
The other members of Die Freiheit’s founding trio are: Marc Doll (33), a former CDU security policymaker who resigned from the party yesterday, and Aaron Koenig (46), a journalist and former spokesman for the Pirate Party, the aim of which was to guarantee freedom of information on the internet. Pictured beneath they are from left to right: Marc Doll, René Stadtkewitz and Aaron Koenig (picture courtesy of PI News).
Sunday, 12 September 2010
‘Die Freiheit’: Freedom from Islam for Germany?
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Interesting news, and the first I have heard of it. My initial impression though is one of scepticism, because of it's stated stances and self identification.ReplyDelete
Is this another civic nationalist party trying to tap into the increasing anti-Islamic sentiment that is going to be an increasing factor outside of the "established" parties?
Seeing as the founder members are ex members of such a party, will it just be Germany's equivalent of UKIP - i.e. a false flag party designed to steer the underlying issues away from other avenues?
"At the party’s core is the aim of reconnecting with voters who feel alienated from the established parties"
"the new party is said to be a “civic, liberal party”" “To those who share our liberal values and are integrated with us, you are very welcome”
Sounds a bit like the Trade Unions'(Bob Crow's) attempts to curb the BNP support with their idiotic No2EU Yes2Democracy party - which they set up to "reconnect with voters who feel alienated from the main parties" whilst pushing the same old tripe about diversity, anti-racism and worker solidarity to make a better Britain.
Hmmn. If this is such a safety valve, it is not really something I would wish to see gain massive support, especially if it is at the expense of something else which will assert the full integrity of Germany and the true German people.
However, the quote from Stadtkewitz:
“Islam is not just a religion, it’s also a political system. Islam is intolerant towards those who think differently.”
Is of course spot on.
I suppose I will have to wait and see what it is all actually about when they get up and running, and then figure out what their true game is. lol.
It's tough and miserable being such a hardened cynic LOL.
So while the extreme left became consolidated under "Die Linke" - which the moderate, establishment factions come closer to working hand-in-hand with every day - the right became increasingly more and more fragmented and ineffective.ReplyDelete
NPD, DVU, REP, PRO Deutschland...alphabet soup...nobody wants to work with one another, because each party considers the other "too extreme"; all parties find themselves delegitized by the left-liberal powers that be...and yet their only solution to try and legitimize themselves is by delegitimizing their own, fellow national competitors...
And now the FP joins the mix.
It's true that there does seem to be a plethora of parties competing for the nationalist vote in Germany and elsewhere, and some are not convinced that all are what they purport to be. I shall be writing a piece shortly outlining my views on 'nationalism' in general which will include reference to this patriotic factionalism.ReplyDelete
I have just met with the Freiheit partei.ReplyDelete
NOT very impressive.
They are no more "different" than the "right wing" of the CDU. In fact in a lot of cases they do not go as FAR as the CDU "right wing".
As you will note from their web site, the only comment re muslims is tacked on as a virtual afterthought, to the end of their statement re "what we believe/will do" section.
You mention Sarrazin. I have followed the opinion polls on Sarrazin religiously over the last couple of months.
In questions such as "If Sarrazin started a new party, would you vote for it?", and "Do you support/agree with what Sarrazin said", the votes FOR Sarrazin have NEVER been below 85%
Questions such as "Should Turkey be allowed in the E.U", "Should people be fined, and/or deported for failing to intergrate?", the answers are ALWAYS 70 to 90% against Turkey in the E.U, and FOR deporting those who will not "intergrate (Must admit, I do not agree with that. ASSIMILATION, not "intergration" is what we should be demanding!).
However, a party that comes along that supports all this, is immediately dubbed "neo nazi", by the media, AND by "the man in the pub". The VERY man that has just voted to send all those who will not intergrate back home!
Not only is there no gelling between partys here, there is none when it comes to applying logic between what your opinions are, and what you vote, or would be willing to vote for.
As a final word, NPD.
FORGET them. They are basically as close to Hitlers National SOCIALISTS that you are likely to get, AND are hand in glove with radical Turkish groups that themselves are fighting for the islamification of Europe, such as "the Grey Wolves". They are about to merge with the DVU.
I will be joining the Pro Deutschland group in Berlin next month (I work with them on a volunteer basis at present), and am considering joining the REP (Republikaner).
Furor Teutonicus, thank you for your insightful background information on the political situation in Germany. Do you think that there is any way in which the fragmentation of the patriotic end of the German political spectrum (NPD excepted) could be overcome? It would seem that such a political grouping could exert widespread popular appeal given popular attitudes towards immigration, Turkish accession to the EU, Islamisation and assimilation.ReplyDelete
From what you write it is also clear that as in the UK popular opinions with respect to all of the aforementioned issues do not translate into people making political choices which match their views. This presumably is a consequence of the mass media and political establishments constantly banging the drum of multiculturalism and creating and maintaining a misplaced sense of indigenous guilt. This is why German electors like British electors stigmatise people with healthy patriotic views (i.e. not xenophobic supremacists) as being ‘far-right’, ‘fascist’ or ‘neo-Nazi’. Their thinking is schizoid.
What do you think will happen to Sarrazin? I would be interested in learning how you get on with the Pro Deutschland group. Good luck with your political involvement.
As to the frgmentaion of partys. "Right wing" ideals tend towards "strong leaders", or the desire for such. Any one who is "right wing", and has the desire to lead a party, will not give up, or share that position easily.ReplyDelete
In other words, those that WANT to lead are those that we all met at school that insisted on being "King of the castle" every break period.
How to break that chain is the problem. Someone willing to be leader for the sake of the country, and not for the big hat.
Sarrazin will disapear as a "foot note" in the history of 2010. The communist media (Ie ALL of them) will make sure of that. Already his name is never mentioned without "Populist right wing","Extreem right wing" being used in the same sentence.
They are very careful not to link HIM with the phrase, but as all good propogandists, they ensure they manage to fit the phrase in somewhere when mentioning him. So the two are always thought of in the same breath when the public hear of him, or see his picture. "Auto suggestion".
As to Po Deutschland.
Opinion polls conducted both by "Pro", and indipendent show that in the next elections for Berlin, it is possible for us to get 20% of the vote. (Consider Merkel only had around 35% to "win" the Reichstag).
WHETHER this enthusiasm at the street stalls, and when they see a clip board translates into crosses on ballot papers remains to be seen.
The sooner Frau Schmidt,(Our equivalent of "Joe Bloggs") realises that her son/daughter getting bullied at school for eating ham, or being in a classroom where German is not spoken, will NOT be addressed, let alone SOLVED, by the shower that pollute the Reichstag and call themselves politicians, at present, the sooner we can start getting into Parliament and making those differences they are crying out for at their cheese and wine dinner partys in Willmersdorf and Wansee.