More than a dozen members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have called for dialogue with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the state of Thuringia as parties seek out coalition partners after elections at the end of October left no outright winner. Although most parties have rejected a coalition with AfD, 17 conservative members of the CDU have called for talks, with “all democratically elected parties to the Thuringian regional parliament”.
In a letter to the party, the CDU members said that “coalitions with both (AfD and The Left) are impossible. But all that is possible to discuss among the Democrats will be done to determine if we can and how a stable government can be formed in Thuringia”.
Most of the signatories are close to the CDU state parliamentarian Michael Heym, who said last week, in relation to AfD, that “democracy is not done any favors if a quarter of the voters are removed,” according to the German newspaper Ostthueringer Zeitung. Heym also indicated that a coalition between AfD, CDU and the Liberals of the Democratic Liberal Party (FDP) would be possible, which led some members of the CDU to request his resignation.
Secretary General of the Social Democrats (SPD), Lars Klingbeil, which barely reached the 5 percent threshold to remain in parliament, has called on the national leader of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrebauer, to reject any possible agreement with AfD.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany has also voiced its opposition to any possible talks between the CDU and the AfD. “The politicians of the CDU in Thuringia who want to open a dialogue with AfD are acting irresponsibly because what they are looking for is to help AfD be socially accepted,” said Council President Josef Schuster to local media. In the elections in Thuringia on October 27, AfD came second political with more than 23 percent of the vote, after The Left Party. The CDU fell to third place with 21.8 percent.