Christian Democrats are threatening to expel the politician who invited Dutch anti-Islam proponent, Geert Wilders, to speak in the German capital.
Old habits die hard. I guess the WWII Nazi-Muslim spirit of friendship, cooperation and mutual goals is never very far from the surface. In fairness, not all Germans feel this way, only the left wing Democrats.
There were demonstrations in London in March when the far-right Dutch lawmaker visited the House of Lords to screen his anti-Islam movie Fitna. Wilders’ Freedom Party won 16 per cent of votes in the Dutch general election in June.
Rene Stadtkewitz, a Christian Democratic deputy in the legislature of Berlin state, was unrepentant over his invitation to Wilders. He said they would meet October 2 to share views on how to fight political Islam. He gave no details of any public appearances.
Frank Henkel, caucus leader of the city Christian Democrat Union, said he would expel Stadtkewitz from the caucus if he did not call off the Wilders visit.
“I won’t cancel the invitation to Wilders. That would go against my fundamental political convictions,” Stadtkewitz responded.
Stadtkewitz resigned his CDU party membership in 2009 in protest at a fellow member who has built bridges with city Muslims, but remains a member of the CDU caucus in the state legislature.
He has campaigned against plans to build the newest mosque in the city. He has charged that the Merkel party is “too soft and too tolerant” towards “violence-prone, radical Muslims.” Earth Times