German far-right party expels northern regional leader
BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party is expelling one of its regional leaders following a lengthy standoff over her support for a group described by intelligence officials as being extremist.
Alternative for Germany said that a national party tribunal decided Wednesday to kick out Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein because of “behavior damaging to the party.”
Von Sayn-Wittgenstein resigned as party leader in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost state, in December. She won the job back at a party congress in June, despite ongoing expulsion proceedings over her past support for the group Gedaechtnisstaette, or Memorial Site, which was co-founded by a convicted Holocaust denier.
The party is relatively weak in Schleswig-Holstein and has its biggest strongholds in the formerly communist east.
Von Sayn-Wittgenstein said she would take legal action against Wednesday’s decision.