Despite years of complaining about Berlin’s influence over Britain, Nigel Farage sees no reason he shouldn’t meddle in German politics.
So he’s off to Berlin this week to campaign for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ahead of the German federal election on September 24.
“Mr Brexit” – as he’s described on the AfD’s poster – will speak alongside Beatrix von Storch at a rally on Friday, it was announced today.
von Storch hit the headlines last year when she backed her party leader’s suggestion that German police should shoot refugees trying to enter the country “if necessary.”
Asked on her Facebook page whether that should include women and children, Farage’s speaking partner replied: “Yes.”
von Storch moderated her comments slightly amid the political shit storm that hit shortly afterwards, suggesting that children should be spared – but not their parents.
“The use of firearms against children is not permitted,” she said, “women are a different matter.”
“The use of weapons against them can therefore be permitted within the narrow legal framework.”
The MEP was subsequently asked to leave the Tories’ group in the European Parliament and later joined UKIP’s group.
That’s just one item on the AfD’s long rap sheet of racism.
Björn Höcke, a leading member of the party, criticised Holocaust memorial events, saying they were making German history “appalling and laughable.” He said:
“These stupid politics of coming to grips with the past cripple us – we need nothing other than a 180-degree reversal on the politics of remembrance.”
And the party’s deputy leader last week said a German minister of Turkish descent from Angela Merkel’s centre-right party should be “disposed of” in Turkey.
That’s the kind of “ghastly” company Mr Brexit keeps…