Representatives of Germany’s right-wing populist AfD have urged the creation of “Fortress Europe” with the help of Hungary’s Viktor Orban, National Front in France and Austria’s Sebastian Kurz. Thousands protested AfD party congress in Augsburg.
Some 600 AfD representatives gathered in Augsburg for the start of a two-day congress of the German populist party on Saturday, as left-wing protesters staged demonstrations in the Bavarian city.
Addressing the delegates, senior AfD lawmaker Jörg Meuthen slammed multiculturalism as a “quixotic ideology” and “the great ideological fallacy of the early 21st century.”
Meuthen also pushed for a new immigration policy that would turn the EU into “Fortress Europe.”
As potential allies in this endeavor, Meuthen named Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, his populist vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Italian right-wing leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, and Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The AfD “wants to, has to” cooperate with these leaders, Meuthen said.
Soon after Meuthen’s speech, however, a spokesman for the Vienna government stressed that conservative Kurz was no ally of the AfD.
“We are a clearly pro-European government,” the official said.