An arbitration court confirmed the expulsion of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) by Andreas Kalbitz, a leader of the ultra-nationalist faction of the formation, the faction of the data protection authority said.
Kalbitz said the court had informed him of his decision and regretted that political considerations had been given priority. “The verdict was predictable given the political majority in the arbitral tribunal,” said Kalbitz, who previously announced his intention to defend himself against this possible decision by using civil law channels. “I think this is illegal in terms of content,” he said.
The politician from the Brandenburg region in eastern Germany was excluded from the AfD because he fought in a right-wing extremist group called Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend (HDJ), which is currently banned.
The regional department of the AfD in Brandenburg caused a split within the party by voting for Kalbitz’s stability. Kalbitz was also co-chair of Björn Höcke, party leader in the state of Thuringia, the group known as “The Wing”, an ultra-nationalist faction within the AfD.
The wing was officially dissolved at the beginning of the year at the request of the party leadership. Although the group’s online presence no longer exists, the German secret services do not have substantial evidence to confirm their dissolution.