Schaeuble Says Anti-Euro AfD Party Is ‘a Shame for Germany’Rainer Buergin
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Alternative for Germany, a new political party that advocates breaking up the euro and limiting immigration is “a shame for Germany.”
“They are using any resentment against foreigners, against minorities,” Schaeuble said at a panel discussion in Washington before a meeting of global finance chiefs. “I don’t like them and they don’t like me.”
In a statement to Bloomberg News, Bernd Lucke, leader of the party known as AfD in German, said “we regret that the Minister of Finance at his age can no longer maintain his composure.”
The comments by Schaeuble, wheelchair-bound since an assassination attempt in 1990, follow a statement by the AfD party that said Schaeuble deserves “pity” for the “high, very personal price” the minister had to pay for his political career. Citing the statement, Schaeuble today said the party is employing “resentments against handicapped people.”
AfD, whose positions also include promoting three-children families and fighting crime on Germany’s eastern border, took 12.2 percent in Brandenburg, 10.6 percent in Thuringia and 9.7 percent in Saxony in state elections this year. Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out alliances with the AfD, to which it lost the most votes in all three eastern German states.