While Merkel and AfD have never been friends, one particular comment by the party’s co-founder, Alexander Gauland, prompted her to leave the Bundestag on Thursday. That remark slammed the chancellor’s support for an EU quota system for accepting refugees.
“Countries want to decide for themselves who they take in. There is no national duty with regard to multiculturalism,” Gauland said.
AfD co-founder Alice Weidel also had a lot to say during the session, including her view that Merkel is trying to punish the UK for voting to leave the European Union.
“The EU wants to make an example of Great Britain, a punishment beyond any economic or political reason. This is not how one treats a European partner,” Weidel said. “Now Brussels, Paris, and Berlin are afraid that others could follow, that other states in Europe could take back their sovereignty.