The termination of an interview by the AfD politician Björn Höcke also causes in his party for discussion. But not because of the threat of "massive consequences" for the interviewer, but because Höckes Egokurs.
Höcke and his spokesman had ended an interview with ZDF last week in Erfurt, after their request to start over again was rejected by the reporter. At the end of the video recording, which has been online since Sunday, Höcke says ambiguously: "Maybe I will be an interesting personal, political person in this country, too.
In the AfD there are many politicians who see the Thuringian nationalists very critical. If the party elects a new top in November, the ultra-right wing wants to get more influence around Höcke. Therefore, his admission to ZDF was registered in the party exactly. Interviewees point out that it is not humps but members or party delegates who decide whether or not someone becomes an important person in the party.
Openly talk about the excitement around Höcke's interview on ZDF does not currently want a top politician. AfD chief Jörg Meuthen declined to comment. Too great is obviously the fear of falling out of favor with criticism of Höcke in the run by him nationalist party wing and thus endanger their own position in the party. Höckes followers are expected in the party, although only to an extent of 30-40 percent, but it is quite powerful: Already in the election of a new AFD Board 2017 managed the Höcke wing, the candidacy of the inner-party as moderate Georg Pazderski to torpedo.
Höcke is also the top candidate in Thuringia, where a new parliament is elected at the end of October. If the AfD, which is currently there at 25 percent, strong, could also encourage the politician and his supporters nationwide to continue to influence.
Höcke's Egokurs has long been a topic in the party. His self-centeredness was also named when in 2017 a party exclusion trial was brought against him, after he had demanded in Dresden a "memorial policy turn by 180 degrees". Only in the summer did more than 100 top officials in a joint appeal turn against the media staging of the Thuringian.
The Schleswig-Holstein regional parliamentary faction leader of the AfD, Jörg Nobis, is still convinced: Höcke is inside party continues to have no majority. With his hint on ZDF Höcke makes himself "bigger than he is".
What is NS language?
The theme of the ZDF interview was Höcke's diction and its possible closeness to Nazi terms, such as the word "Lebensraum". Höcke had used this term in a speech in 2018 and with a coquettish remark ("Did I now say 'Lebensraum'?") Suggested that this is a burdened word: During the Nazi era, the slogan was "Lebensraum in die Osten" as ideological legitimacy for the war of conquest against Poland and the Soviet Union.
Although Höcke initially responded to all questions from the ZDF interviewer, inter alia by pointing out that he does not believe that there is a "universal definition of what Nazi diction is, which is Nazi language," finally intervened his spokesman: he said that the questions would have "greatly emotionalized" his boss and one should start over again. Höcke later accused the asker of having executed a "political mandate" and created an "interrogation situation".
That the AfD is media-critical, especially towards the public service broadcasters, is not new. Several times top leaders have broken off talks, such as top candidate Alice Weidel, who left a TV discussion on the general election in September 2017, which led to the discussion whether the scandal was even so wanted by her.
The fact that Höcke now also broke off an interview, but also criticized in the party. "I would never do the favor to the other side," said Hessens AFD country chief Robert Lambrou: "I have decided that I pull through interviews always." Especially since the AfD also lives from the media's attention. Jörg Nobis also said: "As a politician you also depend on the media, otherwise you can not transport any messages."
Representatives of other parties have also voiced media criticism. The CDU politician and then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, for example, gave the mirror for years no interview and insulted reporters of the magazine in public. But parts of the AFD went in the past significantly: the Rhineland-Palatinate chief of state Uwe boy, for example, who threatened, one day the "advocates and activists welcome culture" - including journalists - "hold to account." And the district association of the AfD in the Hochtaunus wrote on Facebook, that in earlier revolutions "Funkhäusersowie the press publishers were stormed and the employees on the street dragged" were. In the AfD, these statements have never been fundamentally problematized.