GERMANY’S rising far right AfD has moved to expel the controversial regional party leader
We Germans are the only people in the world to plant a monument of shame in the heart of our capital
Bjorn Hocke, German Politician
Mr Höcke said last month: "We Germans are the only people in the world to plant a monument of shame in the heart of our capital.
"Our mental state continues to be that of a totally defeated people. This can't and must not continue."
The move comes after a recent plunge in opinion polls, from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, triggering party leader, Frauke Petry to act.
The three-year-old AfD hope to become Germany’s third largest party in the upcoming September elections.
AfD party leader Frauke Petry pictured with Marine Le Pen
Petry said: “We think this step was necessary because, in such an important election year, the party must be united.”
“Mr Höcke had crossed the line of what is democratically acceptable with his comments.”
The case will now be decided by an internal party tribunal and Björn, a former teacher, has widespread grassroots support, meaning the expulsion is far from guaranteed.
In support of Höcke, Alexander Gauland, chair of the Brandenburg faction, told German radio: “No one should be thrown out after making one mistake. I fear people would leave the party in protest.”
Bjorn Hocke thinks Germany's mental state 'continues to be that of a totally defeated people'
Party leaders suggested the decision was politically motivated to force certain people and opinions out of the party.
Donald Trump’s controversial comments in his successful election campaign have buoyed the far right in Europe and Mr Höcke is not the only member of his party in trouble for aligning with Nazi Germany.
Mr Höcke thinks Germany has 'planted a monument of shame in the heart of the capital'
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A party candidate, Elena Roon, posted a picture of Adolf Hitler on social media with the caption “Missing since 1945: Adolf, please call home! Germany needs you! The German nation!”
Roon also shared an image of Hitler tearing his hair out in frustration, with the caption “Islamists… I forgot about them!”
When asked to comment she had posted the picture “without malicious intent” and wants to “distance herself from far-Right extremism and anti-Semitism”.
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