Upstart German Party Considers Anti-Islam Stance

Anton Troianovski, Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2015

A leader of Germany’s upstart populist party called on Wednesday for an end to some Muslim immigration, sharpening a conflict over how directly the party takes on Islam on the eve of a major convention this weekend.

Germany has been through debates about the role of Muslims in the country before, but the rise of the euroskeptic, socially conservative Alternative for Germany is offering a new voice for voters angry about immigration–one that could have lasting effects.

Discomfort with immigrants and especially the Muslim minority is an undercurrent in German society, pollsters say, as it is in many other European countries. But because of Germany’s Nazi history, such views have rarely been expressed loudly enough to affect mainstream politics.

Now that is changing. A newspaper interview published Wednesday represented one of the most direct efforts yet by the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, to cater to that discontent.

Party Vice Chairman Alexander Gauland said there that Germany needs to find a way to block the immigration of Middle Eastern Muslims who aren’t willing or able to integrate into German society.

“I want no more immigration from this cultural tradition,” Mr. Gauland told the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel.

In a subsequent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Gauland said he didn’t want to stop the immigration of all Muslims, but said Germany needed to weed out those who he said won’t assimilate–for example letting in a Syrian doctor who speaks English or German but not a female farmer from Yemen “who is fully veiled and can’t speak German.”

The party is polling at around 6%. If it stays at that level, it would clear the 5% threshold for seats in parliament in several critical state elections next year and in the federal parliament in 2017.


Mr. Gauland’s rhetoric fits with the anti-Islam sentiment expressed in weekly street protests across Germany in recent months. While the AfD hasn’t officially endorsed the protests, pollsters say that many if not most of the protesters are AfD supporters.

“The AfD supports the German citizens,” Nicole Berisha, a protester in Leipzig, said last week. Ms. Merkel, she added, “would rather support the foreigners than do anything for the Germans.”


The party’s longer-term impact will hinge on how well it integrates the anti-immigrant sentiment articulated by Mr. Gauland with the more moderate, economically liberal rhetoric of Bernd Lucke, the euroskeptic Hamburg economics professor who is its most prominent co-founder.

An AfD spokesman said Mr. Lucke didn’t believe immigration rights should be determined by nationality or religion but should take into account migrants’ education, job experience, and language knowledge.


About four million Muslims, mostly of Turkish descent, live in Germany, making up around 5% of the population.

Ms. Berisha, demonstrating with her friend, said she felt unsafe in areas of her city with higher percentages of immigrants. She said she had flirted in the past with supporting the ultranationalist NPD party, but now preferred the AfD.

“The foreigners–the Islamists–I don’t like them,” the 38-year-old said. “I fear them.”

“Really they are both the same–the NPD says what it thinks, the AfD says what it thinks,” Ms. Berisha says. “But the AfD has a better chance than the NPD of changing things because the NPD are known as Nazis.”


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  • David Ashton

    The Left have been savagely targeting prominent opponents of immigration in Germany.

  • Bryce Armstrong

    A real hard liner he is.

    If he was any more limp-wristed they might let him into the GOP.

  • dd121

    Somebody has to try to stop the immigration insanity, but I don’t think this guy will get ‘er done.

  • “Considers anti-Islam stance”

    What the hell are they waiting on?

    “Didn’t want to block the immigration of all Muslims”

    Why the hell not?

    • ozamataz

      Probably wants to ban all Muslims but doesn’t want to come across as a Nazi extremist. Gain some traction then go further.

      • Awakened Saxon

        That’s pretty optimistic. Let’s say for the sake of argument that that really is his strategy. Do you think building a movement on lies by appealing to saps who are scared of talking about throwing Muslims out is building a good foundation for what will later morph into a nationalist movement?

  • MekongDelta69

    This must have killed the paper (WSJ) which loves immigration (legal, illegal, whatever) to report this.

  • Sick of it

    It’s sad that an Albanian is pushing for an end to Islamic immigration in Germany, while most of the Germans do nothing.

  • Greg Thomas

    Liberals have kept the Nazi jack-boot on the necks of the German people for the past 70 years, in order to supress any and all objection to the destruction of their country, via hosile mass non-White immigration.

  • Luca

    If they don’t assimilate, they are not immigrants, they are colonizers.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Preserving mankind’s biodiversity in perpetuity should always be an additional consideration. Europe must never become a genetic extension of North Africa.

  • MartelsGhost

    And end to “some”?

    How about an end to all?

    Would you allow “some” cockroaches in your kitchen or would you bug bomb the lot of them and keep spraying all the way back to the nest?

  • Awakened Saxon

    Party Vice Chairman Alexander Gauland said there that Germany needs to find a way to block the immigration of Middle Eastern Muslims who aren’t willing or able to integrate into German society.

    More phony opposition. Integration of foreign races is genocide for the Germans. This party is therefore anti-German. Germans who oppose Islamism are free to vote for the NPD which has consistently opposed immigration and integration.

    • Carney3

      But the NPD agrees with the Far Left and the Islamists on the larger issue of Islam’s war on the West and on every individual battle of that war.

      Also, Germany didn’t get to where it is today all at once. We need to learn from the left’s success in incrementalism.

      • Awakened Saxon

        Carney3: But the NPD agrees with the Far Left and the Islamists on the larger issue of Islam’s war on the West and on every individual battle of that war.

        I am not sure what you mean. Are you talking about foreign policy? The West is not fighting a war against Islam. The only time the West has fought Muslims lately has been in foreign adventures that do nothing to benefit the West. The NPD is steadfast in its desire to throw the invaders out of Germany, so there is obviously no agreement there with the Left or the Islamists.

        Carney3: Also, Germany didn’t get to where it is today all at once. We need to learn from the left’s success in incrementalism.

        Demanding that Africans, Arabs, and Turks mix their blood with Germans is not incrementalism.

  • Edward Coli

    It’s refreshing to see our German brethren developing a new set of gonads. It’s been 70+ years…that’s long enough. It’s time for German nationalism. The Turks should be sent back to their own country, so that the Germans can enjoy their Augustiner Edelstoff brew without worrying about the crime these untermensch bring to Germany.

  • Kenner

    Well, mull it over and get back to us.

  • Pelayo

    All over Europe the multiculturalist and internationalist elite have been found to be emperors with no clothes. They are being openly challenged by people who no longer fear or respect them. Germans of all people, who have been browbeaten for so long have shaken themselves from their demoralization. This is a welcome sign.

  • Brady

    If I were German, I’d still be voting NPD. That said… this is evidence that PEDIGA is actually having an effect. When they first formed, AfD didn’t even want to touch immigration. There are Germans who don’t like high levels of immigration but aren’t comfortable voting NPD. They now have a way of expressing their views at the voting booth.

    If you can get your ideas into public political discourse, through whatever medium, the mainstream will move toward you. That’s how the FN won support – in France it was known as “lepenization”.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Who wants these turks to assimilate into German society? I think it is a bad idea. They will be polluting the German gene pool and also raping German women. I just read a story on dailykenn that a mudshark German woman pregnant with a turk baby was set on fire for not getting an abortion by her wonderful Turk boyfriend. I say kick them all out and also their offspring and other non whites.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    Most countries have sane immigration policies. In Israel and Japan you need to actually be Japanese or Jewish or at least married to one for the most part. Many South American or East European countries require you to be free of criminal history, have an income to support yourself etc. or at least marry someone there. I guess U.S. has income requirements but there are many ways around it. I mean U.S. and West Europe are the only place that happily lets other nations dump their criminals and poor in large droves. The only thing more they can do for them is pay for the plane ticket.

    This is where I think something must be wrong with white people. It doesn’t take a genius to make some common sense laws. “If you are an immigrant, you can’t collect welfare for five years of living here. If you do a crime within that five years you are deported and cannot immigrate back”. Just some basic laws like that would largely solve the problem. It doesn’t even need to be racist. Although I don’t see what is wrong with a law that would protect German people in Germany for example.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      There used to be such laws in the US during the Ellis Island days. If you were caught doing a crime, you were sent back. Sadly in today’s world the semite lawyers and other liberals make the non white immigrant a victim of supposed ‘White Racism’ and they get to stay and also enjoy welfare benefits.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I know some Germans and French that are pro Islamic immigration and tell me that Germany and France need not be 100% German or France like it was many years ago. I would like to hear what they say when they or their loved ones get to be the victim of an immigrant or Islamic crime. I bet they will say ‘Wrong place at the wrong time’ like typical brainwashed libs always say.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      Someone should write an Amren article “Why Jews Should Be Friends With Whites” as opposed to Jewish organizations and big money always working to undermine white civil rights and to change their laws and culture for the worse. Maybe an organization “Jews who support Whiteness”

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        Raymond, there are hardly any of them that support Whiteness. If they do, then their ulterior motive is to gain support for Israel. Keep all these semites away from white Christians or they will ruin the good that whites have.

  • Cobbett

    If the Germans continue to vote for Establishment parties that are working for the displacement then they can’t complain when it actually happens.