by Rebecca Perring
July 03, 2016
is calling for
German EU referendum
is facing calls for a
to free German people of "EU
in the wake of Britain's
to cut ties with Brussels.
Far right figures in Alternative for
have promised to call their own vote if they clutch power in
country's general election in autumn next year.
A party spokesman branded Brussels a "bureaucracy monster", before
"Next year the AfD will enter the
German parliament and Dexit will be top on our agenda".
They called the vote a Dexit as
it stands for a Deutschland exit from the EU.
Euroskepticism has swept across the
continent after the people of Britain
backed Brexit in the historic EU
referendum on June 23.
AfD chairman Bjorn Hocke said:
"I know the German people want to be
free of EU slavery."
George Pazderski of Berlin AfD
"Germans must decided on staying in
"The AfD is the only part which speaks out clearly in favor of
Party leader Frauke Petry, who
caused controversy earlier this year when she called on German
police to open fire on illegal immigrations, reacted with delight at
Britain's decision to sever ties with Brussels.
"This is the chance for a new
Europe, one which maintains partnerships and respected national
sovereignties. The Great Britain decision to leave the EU is a
signal to the Brussels Politburo and its bureaucratic
If the EU does not finally leave its
wrong path, and the quasi-socialist experiment of deeper
political integration, more European Nations will reclaim their
sovereignty the way British are
addresses a press
conference at EU summit
Brexit has fuelled
a rise in
"The result would be more exits. At the very least the Brussels
bureaucracy must be radically reduced and the centralist
regulation craze ended.
"The time is ripe for a new Europe, a Europe of fatherlands,
where we peacefully trade with each other, maintain partnerships
and respect the will of the national sovereignties.
"One can only warn the German government not to fill the missing
British net contribution with German tax money and thus continue
the political fallacy."
However a chance of a German EU
referendum may not be that simple.
The experience of Nazi manipulation of plebiscites has left a
dent in the trust of polls on a national scale.
The country's post-war constitution currently only allows for
referendums if the constitution itself or the territories of the
states making ip the republic are to be reformed.
Alternative for Germany
are calling for a
Ralph Kampwirth of the Initiative & Referendum Institute
"Germany is one of the few EU
countries with no experience of national referendums.
"In the Weimar Republic there were
two national referendums; during the Nazi reign, three
plebiscites were held, with biased questions and blatant
manipulation of results.
"A referendum does not mandate an organized political opposition
- it simply requires a yes or no answer - one reason why both
Napoleon and Hitler were enamored of them."
Merkel and French president Francois
Hollande are said to be concerned that Brexit will lead to
contagion and populist far-right parties would win support for their
planes for the disintegration of the EU off the back of it.
So far far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen
has called for France to host an EU referendum as she declared her
support for Brexit.
The leader of far-right Danish People's Party says Denmark should
now follow Britain's lead and hold a referendum on its membership.
Euroskeptic feeling is also surging in the Netherlands, with
two-thirds of voters rejecting a Ukraine-EU treaty on closer
political and economic ties.
Anti-EU politician Geert Wilders declared the result the
"beginning of the end" for the Dutch government and the EU.