Fracture on the precise, Alternative für Deutschland outdoors the group of Le Pen and Salvini | EUROtoday

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BRUSSELS – The shift to the precise of the European political scene, as emerges from the polls on the eve of the June 6-9 vote, just isn’t taking place with out shocks. Yesterday the Identity & Democracy parliamentary group determined to exclude Alternative für Deutschland, the German social gathering on the middle of heated political controversy. At the identical time, the outgoing president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has opened as much as collaboration with Fratelli d'Italia.

A sequence of scandals

The choice to expel the AfD got here after a sequence of scandals involving a few of its members. In an interview with La Repubblica revealed mid-month, MEP Maximilian Krah said: “I will never say that anyone who wore an SS uniform was automatically a criminal.” On this event, the politician, able to wink at these nostalgic for the Third Reich, recalled that Günter Grass had additionally been a member of the SS as a younger man.

The AfD, which presently has 9 MEPs, is in hassle, multiplying scandals in current months. In German polls, nevertheless, he continues to hover round 15% of voting intentions. Yesterday the social gathering took observe of the choice of ID, by which the League and the Rassemblement nationwide additionally sit: “The AfD will naturally strive to form a strong group in the European Parliament, with a strengthened delegation,” it mentioned in a observe.

The story highlights how different the nationalist entrance is, regardless of the current occasion in Madrid when the extra Eurosceptic events needed to point out a greater than superficial unity.

On this entrance, yesterday in a pre-election debate right here in Brussels, President von der Leyen, a member of the European People's Party in addition to a candidate for re-election on the helm of the Commission, additionally made it clear that she doesn’t think about all nationalist actions the identical method.