Shock election results spark fears of a Nazi rebirth in Germany [VIDEO]

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The results of the German federal election are now in. And they’re not pretty. Largely because, for some, they point to a Nazi rebirth in the country.

A step forward for the far right?

The openly xenophobic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has officially entered the Bundestag as its third biggest party.

Taking 12.6% of the votes, and an expected 94 seats, the AfD is now the first far-right party to enter the German parliament since 1945. This appears to confirm fears of a Nazi rebirth.

But the resurgence of the AfD itself is full of contradictions. Despite its penchant for homophobia, for example, the party has cultivated a gay following. It is jointly led by Alice Weidel – a lesbian (with a Sri Lanka-born partner) who has been accused of racism.

She shares the pilot seat with a former member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Alexander Gauland.

Contradictions?

The AfD mourned the death of the traditional 2.4 nuclear family after the German parliament legalised same-sex marriage in June this year. And after being defeated in its fight to stop gay marriage in Germany, the AfD’s website stated:

In deep sorrow, we say good-bye to the German family, whose constitutional protection was buried by the ‘representatives of the people’ at the German parliament.

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But in an effort to demonstrate the AfD is not homophobic, Weidel recently announced:

I am homosexual… Nobody seems to have got up and walked out. Which is of course a surprise because the AfD is a homophobic party. I read this everyday.

Xenophobia?

Weidel lives in Switzerland with her Sri Lanka-born film producer partner Sarah Bossard. She is also alleged to have illegally hired a Syrian refugee to clean their home.

And she has made the headlines after a former colleague leaked an email she allegedly sent in 2013. It contained racist remarks about ‘genetic unity‘ – apparently reflecting the xenophobic tendencies of her party. But Weidel has denied sending the email, saying it was a “smear campaign” launched against her.

Hijacking homosexuality

Anchoring herself as a homosexual role model, Weidel is at the helm of an anti-immigration billboard campaign that has precision-targeted [German] the gay community in the lead-up to this election.

Berlin Mayor Michael Müller brandished this “disgusting” after it shunned [German] “Muslim immigrants” for their so-called ‘intolerance’ of same-sex love. The poster, featuring a gay male couple, read:

My partner and I don’t want to meet Muslim immigrants who believe that our love is a deadly sin.

The AfD’s rise also led Müller to warn of a Nazi rebirth. He said it “would be seen around the world as a sign of the return of the right wing and the Nazis in Germany”.

Anti-fascist response?

Weidel’s appearance at the helm of the AfD is not the first time that the gay community has been hijacked to promote right-wing politics. Nor is it the first time that the anti-fascist LGBTQ+ camp has risen in response – as shown in places like Sweden and, more recently, Bristol.

But Germany’s election results are worrying. And they could indeed confirm Müller’s fears of a Nazi rebirth in the country.

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