Criticism of the Russian path
The AfD deputy threatened to be expelled from the parliamentary club
09/22/2022, 1:01 p.m
Three AfD politicians travel to Russia to reach the occupied territories in Donbass. After the trip became public, the party distanced itself. One of the members of the provincial parliament is now facing the consequences.
AfD MPs from North Rhine-Westphalia are threatening to expel Christian Blex from the caucus after a heavily criticized trip to Russia. Nine out of twelve AfD MPs requested the expulsion of Blex from the provincial parliamentary club, said the head of the state party and the parliamentary club, Martin Vincentz. The Parliamentary Club will discuss the request at its meeting next Tuesday.
According to the rules of procedure, a two-thirds majority is required to expel an MP from the AfD parliamentary club. This would be achieved with nine MPs. Only after Tuesday’s in-person hearing could the group decide “how to proceed with Mr. Blex,” Vincentz said. “Anyway, that behavior deserves sanctions.” Only a hearing can determine whether a foreclosure will actually occur. “Perhaps there would be other measures.” The caucus also wanted to know from Blex who planned and financed the controversial trip to Russia, Vincentz said. “It was not arranged with us.”
Blex traveled to Russia earlier this week with two AfD MEPs from Saxony-Anhalt and two AfD MEPs from North Rhine-Westphalia. After sharp criticism, AfD politicians canceled the trip and gave up their originally planned visit to the Russian-occupied Donbas in eastern Ukraine. According to their own statements, the AfD federal leadership was not privy to the trip and distanced itself from it. The Federal Council asked the three participants to publish the organization of the trip.
Blex already caused outrage in 2018 when he traveled with several AfD politicians to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia. He also traveled to Syria. The bow is now obviously stretched, Vincentz said. “With all the love of democratic diversity and freedom of mandate, the parliamentary group must ultimately represent the common will to the outside world.”