A German court upheld the expulsion of right-wing party members | Instant News


BERLIN (AP) – The German federal court on Saturday upheld the expulsion of leading regional leaders from the far-right Alternative party for the German party.

Andreas Kalbitz won an emergency order against expulsion last month but a federal arbitration court ruled that the party had the right to expel him.

The party’s national leadership, known as the AfD, in May chose to cancel the membership of Kalbitz, chairman in the eastern state of Brandenburg, for failing to reveal his relationship with extremist groups.

The party is under pressure to distance itself from extremists in the midst of it after it has received increasing attention from German domestic intelligence services. AfD is third in the 2017 national elections in the country but has recently failed in the polls.

Kalbitz has a long history of involvement in groups that promote revisionist interpretations of German wartime history and was photographed in 2007 at an event organized by the HDJ, a neo-Nazi youth movement that has since been banned.

Ahead of the decision in federal court, he vowed to oppose it if the decision was not in his favor.

Many AfD branches in Brandenburg stand behind Kalbitz, one of the leading figures in the party’s right wing. He remains a member of the party caucus in the regional parliament.

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