*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Thuringia vote worries German faith leaders

01 November 2019

Reuters

Demonstrators display placards during an AfD election-campaign rally

Demonstrators display placards during an AfD election-campaign rally

BISHOPS and representatives of the Muslim and Jewish communities in the eastern German federal state of Thuringia have expressed concern after nearly one quarter (24 per cent) of voters last Sunday voted for the extreme right-wing party AfD (Alternative for Germany) in regional elections.

The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, wrote on Twitter: “We concerned citizens are very worried about our democracy. . . This is much more than an ‘alarm signal.”

The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, said that in Thuringia, especially, there is no doubt about the nationalist right-wing orientation of the party. “Everyone who voted for the AfD on Sunday bears a share of the responsibility for gradually undermining the foundations of our democracy.”

In a statement on Monday, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Erfurt, the Rt Revd Ulrich Neymeyr, said that the result of the regional elections was a great challenge as it showed a clear polarisation in Thuringian society. He called on the Thuringians to defend “our values” against populists at informal get-togethers, among friends, and in the workplace.

Bishop Neymeyr said: “Acting democratically means more than going to the polls.”

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

 

Church Times/RSCM:

Festival of Faith and Music

26 - 28 April 2024

See the full programme on the festival website. 

Early bird tickets available

 

Intercultural Church for a Multicultural World

28 May 2024

A Church Times/Church House Publishing webinar

Tickets are FREE

 

Church Times/Modern Church:

A Political Faith?

Monday 3 June 2024

This panel will explore where Christians have come to in terms of political power and ask, where should we go next?

Online tickets available

 

Church Times/Modern Church:

Participating in Democracy

Monday 10 June 2024

This panel will explore the power of voting, and power beyond voting.

Online tickets available

 

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards

 

Welcome to the Church Times

 

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)