Comment: A member of Angela Merkel’s CDU has warned that a serious, far-right populist party might emerge in Germany. This is in the wake of Merkel ally Erika Steinbach’s statement blaming World War II on Poland .
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Excerpt: An ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that her Christian Democrat CDU could face a challenge if a new party were to emerge on the right.
In response to fears that the party could face a challenge on its right flank, Wolfgang Boehmer — who is CDU premier of the state of Saxony Anhalt — warned against complacency.
The danger that a populist right-wing party might emerge always exists,” said Boehmer in the German daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt on Saturday. “even if at the moment we cannot recognize who could lead it. We must always be on our guard and undertake everything to avoid the founding of another party to the right of our own.”
. . . . Suggestions that a party to the right of the CDU would attract popular support were made by party conservative Erika Steinbach, who is to stand down from her post on the party’s national executive board.
Steinbach, head of the German Federation of Expellees, announced her resignation from the board after making comments about Poland’s part in the build up to World War II earlier this month.
The politician, whose federation represents ethnic Germans who were forced to flee eastern Europe at the end of the war, was accused of historical revisionism and said she felt increasingly isolated on the party’s right.