Following elections, German Jewish leader calls to strengthen fight against far right

The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Josef Schuster described the German federal elections as “an expression of living democracy.”

“The anti-democratic forces did not obtain majorities, and a downward trend can be seen for the AfD after the most recent state elections and today,” said Schuster after the first projections became available on 26 September 2021

Nevertheless, the AfD’s presumably double-digit performance is a clear signal that the fight against right-wing populism and right-wing extremism must be intensified. It must remain the goal of all democrats to banish the AfD from the Bundestag and from all state parliaments.

Dr. Schuster criticised that in the Bundestag election campaign the important social issues such as combating antisemitism, racism and right-wing extremism had played a negligible role. “All the more reason for the new federal government – regardless of its composition – to quickly address this challenge. This also includes a more comprehensive fight against hate speech on the internet.

“Strengthening the foundation of our democracy again and stopping radicalisation on the right-wing fringe is an urgent task of the new government coalition,” he concluded.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany is the country’s EJC affiliate.

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