Statement by Björn Höcke on the Andreas Kalbitz affair, English subtitles
notes with timestamps:
0:01 National Board = the AfD National Board (supreme authority / executive committee of the AfD). For an in depth explanation of the Andreas Kalbitz affair see my previous video "Is the AfD about to split in two?" https://www.bitchute.com/video/z5EiOouusnNk/ The jist of the situation is that Andreas Kalbitz, an ally of Höcke, has been expelled from the party over his alleged membership of a neo-Nazi summer camp in the past (Kalbitz denies being a member). The expulsion took place against a backdrop of division within the party over whether the AfD should spilt in two - with a liberal-conservative, more moderate party (largely in the west of Germany) and a "social-patriotic" (the term Höcke uses) party which would be more nationalistic but more left wing on economic issues (this party would win votes mostly in the east). Höcke and Kalbizt are the leaders of the "social-patriotic" eastern wing of the AfD. Their rhetoric is criticised by some in the liberal-conservative wing, who say it scares away moderate voters from the party. Höcke is saying that this is what was really behind the decision.
0:12 close vote - the vote was seven in favour, five against, with one abstention. I explain who voted how in my video "Is the AfD about to split in two?" https://www.bitchute.com/video/z5EiOouusnNk/
0:23 Jörg Meuthen and Beatrix von Storch are part of the liberal-conservative wing of the party. Meuthen initiated the debate over a possible split with an interview he gave in April, and also led the attempt to expel Kalbitz.Höcke is saying that Meuthen and von Storch want rid of the people like Kalbitz and for the AfD to become a more moderate liberal-conservative party.
0:55 a party that helps the CDU achieve a majority - Höcke is saying that the liberal-conservative wing see the future of the AfD as a more moderate party that could get into government as the junior partner in a coalition with the CDU (mainstream centre-right, Merkel's party).
1:02 "alternative-less" - the AfD chose their name (Alternative for Germany) in response to a statement by Merkel during the euro crisis (she said there was no alternative to the euro).
1:07 black-red-gold FDP - black-red-gold are the colours of the German flag. Höcke is saying Meuthen etc want to turn the AfD into a more nationalist version of the FDP (a right of centre, liberal party).
1:07 Werte Union - this is a grouping within the CDU, on the right of the party.
1:15 united here means united in public, as in "put on a united front"
date of source video: 16th May 2020
music used at end: Nat Keefe with The Bow Ties - "Dude, where's my horse"
all translation and subtitling is my own original work.
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