Just a few days ago, Brazil’s president's son Eduardo Bolsonaro published a photo on Twitter showing him with Beatrix von Storch and her husband Sven.

The politician wrote that they shared the ideals of “family defense, border protection and national culture”.

This Monday it became public that the deputy AfD chairwoman also met Eduardo's father Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing populist president of Brazil, on her trip abroad.

He received the German politician in the presidential palace, as shown by another photo that the member of the Bundestag distributed on Monday.

Tim Niendorf

Political Editor.

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Von Storch wrote that her party wanted to “network more closely and stand up for our Christian-conservative values ​​on an international level”.

According to the Bundestag office of Beatrix von Storch, the meeting is said to have already taken place on Wednesday of last week.

In Brazil, the Germans' visit to the opposition met with criticism.

Gleisi Helena Hoffmann, the leader of the left PT Workers' Party, of which former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva belongs, found sharp words.

The meeting of MPs close to Bolsonaro "with a National Socialist German parliamentarian" was "pathetic", she wrote on Twitter after Eduardo Bolsonaro had published the photo with von Storch.

The interviewees had a lot in common: "Xenophobia, hate speech and anti-democratic attitudes."

The “Museu do Holocausto” Holocaust museum in Curitiba also criticized the encounter between the president's son and the German politician.

The AfD is a party with “racist, sexist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and xenophobic tendencies”.

Bolsonaro is currently under pressure in Brazil mainly because of its corona policy.

He played down the virus for a long time, the vaccination campaign initially started slowly, and the death rate is high.

Recently there were a few demonstrations.

In the polls, the president has lost approval.

There will be another presidential election next year.

The AfD has caused a stir in the recent past with other trips abroad. Among other things, the AfD parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel was in Russia and party leader Tino Chrupalla also met there with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In addition, some AfD politicians had traveled to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia.