Party bans “always remain a last resort,” said Merz. But he also referred to historical experiences with them. The KPD was banned in the 1950s. "A little later the DKP was founded - partly by the same people."
The debate about a ban on the AfD gained new momentum this week after reports of a secret meeting with right-wing extremists. According to research by the Correctiv network, this was said to be about plans to expel people with a migrant background from Germany.
Merz reiterated that there would be “very harsh consequences” if CDU politicians were involved in the meeting, as was probably the case. The party will not tolerate "members of the CDU joining forces with such people in any way and discussing such disgusting political topics here." Merz further ruled out “that we are working with the AfD in any way.”