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Ignorance is the little sister of helplessness

Dagmar Rosenfeld, editor-in-chief of WELT AM SONNTAG Dagmar Rosenfeld, editor-in-chief of WELT AM SONNTAG

Dagmar Rosenfeld, editor-in-chief of WELT AM SONNTAG

Source: Martin UK Lengemann/WELT

The AfD has lengthy been represented on the most important stage of democracy: parliament. Ignoring them can’t be the answer. Direct confrontation is required to reveal the supposed various for what it’s – a ethnic, nationalist celebration.

WHow do you take care of a celebration that’s partly thought-about right-wing extremist and is on the identical time represented within the Bundestag and state parliaments via democratic elections? Can you supply her a public stage? This query is the day and night time shadow of the political dialogue concerning the AfD.

It's truly an odd query, as a result of the AfD has lengthy been current on a very powerful stage a democracy has to supply: parliament. The AfD can’t be ignored within the parliamentary debate. But it might probably actually be criticized, refuted and uncovered for what it’s. A ethnic, nationalist celebration that wishes to isolate Germany from the EU and NATO, the alliances which can be the muse of its safety and prosperity.

Mario Voigt, CDU's prime candidate in Thuringia, has determined to take care of the AfD as an alternative of fearing it – even when or exactly as a result of his opponent there’s known as Björn Höcke. This dispute came about as a duel on WELT TV.

Critics, not least from the SPD, accused Voigt of an absence of decency as a result of he provided Höcke a stage and known as for the TV duel to be ignored. Ignorance is the little sister of helplessness. And it’s helpless to refuse to confront the chief of a state celebration that’s at 30 p.c within the polls.

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Mario Voigt (CDU, left);  Björn Höcke (AfD)

Ultimately, this can be a denial to the voters. And it strengthens Björn Höcke. One consequence of the technique of ignoring is that Höcke may give the impression that his political opponents don’t really feel as much as him in direct confrontation. Mario Voigt countered this impression. And that's factor – not only for the election in Thuringia.

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