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US News AfD party congress approves pension concept and argues about course

22:40  29 november  2020
22:40  29 november  2020 Source:   dw.com

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The AfD is holding the conference to review its policies on retirement and basic income. The party also plans to make several internal appointments. He also argued Germany should close its borders and said of an image showing a drowned refugee child: "We can't be blackmailed by children's eyes."

Hundreds of AfD delegates will gather Saturday for a congress that authorities have warned could become a coronavirus hotspot, as the German far-right party increasingly aligns itself with militants protesting coronavirus restrictions.

The field of social policy has so far been a blank spot in the AfD's program. The federal party conference in Kalkar changed that. However, it was mainly shaped by a bitter dispute over the direction.

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Actually, the right-wing party "Alternative für Deutschland" (AfD) wanted to set accents and gain a profile at its party congress in Kalkar, North Rhine-Westphalia, especially in social policy. But with his opening speech, party leader Jörg Meuthen steered the meeting in a completely different direction and triggered a violent dispute about the party's course.

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· Raising public awareness about changes in pension systems, the choices faced by individuals and the potential implications for retirement income security; · Strengthening public trust and confidence in the institutions in charge of pension reform and retirement income provision

But first to the program. The AfD succeeded in giving its program a socio-political paintwork and thus closing a previously existing gap in content before the Bundestag election next year. The federal party congress in Kalkar passed a corresponding proposal on Saturday with guidelines on health policy and proposals for stabilizing the pension system. After several hours of debate, almost 89 percent of the 500 or so delegates voted for the concept.

When it comes to pensions, the AfD demands, among other things, freedom at the time of retirement, the abolition of politician pensions, old-age provision for the self-employed and a strengthening of private provision. In order to create more "burden justice" between families and the childless, parents should be reimbursed for each child 20,000 euros in contributions to pension insurance from tax revenues. The demand to limit this to German citizens was not approved.

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Strengthening private and statutory health insurance

The guidelines on health policy provide, among other things, to strengthen statutory and private health insurance and the outpatient care of Improve patients, reduce VAT on pharmaceuticals and receive inpatient medical care in rural areas.

The delegates also elected the Saxon state parliament member Carsten Hütter with a narrow majority as federal treasurer. Christian Waldheim from Schleswig-Holstein was elected as his deputy. Joana Cotar, a member of the Bundestag, took the place on the federal executive board, which had become vacant after Andreas Kalbitz was expelled from the party. Overall, more moderate AfD politicians prevailed.

Dispute over Meuthen speech

The party congress was overlaid by a dispute over Federal Chairman Jörg Meuthen. In his opening speech he launched a frontal attack in the direction of the party's right-wing camp. He criticized an increasingly radical choice of words, warned against Nazi comparisons in the Corona debate and the proximity to so-called lateral thinkers. It is a shame for the party if it appears more and more aggressive, more and more coarse, more and more uninhibited.

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Many people present made Meuthen serious accusations. Group leader Alexander Gauland called Meuthen's appearance "divisive". AfD Vice-Vice President Stephan Brandner criticized the speech as a "torpedo". Meuthen caused "serious damage" to the AfD. The Thuringian member of the Bundestag Jürgen Pohl accused Meuthen of "arrogance" and said: "Your time in the AfD is over". In the highly emotional debate, however, numerous supporters of the AfD boss also spoke up, expressly thanking him for his speech. Hamburg's state chairman, Alexander Wolf, supported Meuthen's call for more discipline. The AfD boss gave an "important keynote speech". The North Rhine-Westphalian state chairman Rüdiger Lucassen also supported Meuthen.

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