Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader Christian Lindner admitted that his party had been «wrong» about Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the wake of the AfD-Thuringia scandal. He made the comments at a press conference in Berlin on Friday.
Lindner's address comes following the outcry that erupted after AfD politicians together with regional members of the governing CDU had backed local FDP candidate... Еще Thomas Kemmerich for state premier in Thuringia, ousting Die Linke (Left) Minister President Bodo Ramelow in a secret ballot.
Kemmerich has since indicated that he would step down amid the uproar while his party applied for the dissolution of the state parliament, calling for a new election to be held.
«We were wrong about the AfD,» conceded Lindner during the press conference. ''It was a mistake,» he added, «[for Kemmerich] to enter into the third round of elections. And it was also a mistake then to accept the elections under these conditions.»
«I also had not expected that this [AfD] party would go so far to only nominate candidates and then suddenly vote for someone else, in a secret vote. This misjudgment cannot and must not be repeated,» he stated.
«We take on the responsibility with a very clear and fundamental dissociation with the AfD. FDP will have no cooperation with the AfD,» he added.
Lindner himself survived a vote of no confidence by his party on Friday.