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Leader of Germany’s AfD Party Says EU Membership Referendum Would be Held if Party Wins Elections

Assertion coincides with ongoing protests in several cities against what critics call country’s ‘far right.’

If it comes to power, the right-wing Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party will hold a referendum on Germany’s European Union membership, party leader Alice Weidel has said.

In a Jan. 22 interview with the Financial Times, Ms. Weidel hailed Britain’s departure from the EU four years ago as a “model for Germany.”

In a move commonly known as “Brexit,” the United Kingdom officially left the EU in 2020 based on the outcome of a 2016 referendum.

According to Ms. Weidel, an AfD-led government in Germany would first seek to “curb” the powers of the Brussels-based European Commission, which she described as an “unelected executive.”

“But if reform isn’t possible … we should let the people decide, as Britain did,” Ms. Weidel, who has led the party since 2022, said in the interview.

Labeled “far-right” by critics, the AfD opposes the pro-immigration and “climate-friendly” policies of Germany’s current pro-EU government, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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