Harald Weyel: The AfD candidate speaks about war, climate and criticism

Harald Weyel chooses Deutsches Platz in Bensberg as the starting point for his “1000 steps to the federal election”. Who is surprised? The former professor of business administration and today’s member of the Bundestag stands for the AfD on the right. But it is also good for a surprise.

The important question will be where he himself stands: on this side or on the other side of the red line that separates radicalism and extremism? Conservative critic or striker in the Reichstag?

Weyel on the war memorial on Deutsches Platz

Professor Dr. Weyel usually looks like a friendly, cultured, educated citizen who impresses with intelligence, knowledge and articulation. And irritated: Right at the beginning he explains in an absolutely unstable way what he liked about the war memorial for the fallen soldiers of the First World War on Deutsches Platz.

That it was not about “glorification”, that rather the helmeted soldiers’ heads radiated “melancholy”. Nothing with Tschingderassabum and Prussia’s Gloria. In connection with the world wars, Weyel speaks of a repetition of mistakes: “I’m just saying: Afghanistan.”

Economic policy and reduction of bureaucracy

I beg your pardon, Professor? What is the connection between Hitler’s attack on Poland and Afghanistan? Weyel’s words sound like the answer of a conscientious objector from the time when there was still conscription and conscience tests: “War is war. In war people die, in war people sacrifice. War is often justified with lies. The first victim in war is the truth. That goes for every war. “

The Deutsche Platz with the memorial for the fallen of the First World War is very important to Weyel.

Truly a surprise. Verbal pacifism is not the core of the AfD’s brand. The candidate and his interlocutors – Sascha Wandhöfer from Radio Berg and the author of these lines – walk uphill towards the castle. It’s about economic policy, about breaking down bureaucratic hurdles. The “basic principle that small providers are regulated in the same way as large ones” is wrong. On the subject of tax cuts: “If the state has too much money, you don’t have to assume that it will come up with better ideas than the citizen.”

Justice is not equal treatment

A favorite topic of the AfD is “illegal immigration”. “As a rule, we are talking about young men with conscription who have large families or clans.” It is completely wrong to “define justice in such a way that everyone must be treated equally, right up to the same per capita income entitlement” – and now the rhetoric is even sharper – “up to the same pocket money claim of at least one hundred euros net – per day, please, and if necessary even without work”.

We continue past the castle. Weyel remembers how as a young person he used the Interrail ticket of the Bundesbahn in France and finds harsh words about the EU. It may have to be replaced by a new company. In the “passable pedestrian zone” of Bensberg he justified the demand for a “de-ideologization of energy policy”. Climate change is older than humanity and has had positive effects in the warm phases.

Crucial question: What about extremism in the AfD?

Then Weyel reaps the crucial question of how he feels with our democratic state and with the extremists in the AfD with the quote he has quoted: “Who will protect the constitution from the constitutional court?”.

He answers verbatim. The Germans accuse the Poles of politicizing the highest jurisdictions and doing nothing else themselves. The President of the Federal Constitutional Court was previously a CDU member, the judgments were in the interests of the government.

Harald Weyel enjoys cycling in Bergisch Gladbach.  He also comes to the meeting by bike.

Harald Weyel enjoys cycling in Bergisch Gladbach. He also comes to the meeting by bike.

He does not accept the objection that constitutional judges (who, by the way, do not judge alone, but in eight-member senates) can emancipate themselves from their political roots: “In theory, yes, but in practice it looks different.” Does he consider the constitutional judges to be puppets? “The judgments that Judge Harbarth has spoken speak for themselves.”

Weyel sees AfD as a “young organization”

Incidentally, the AfD is very democratic within the party. He does not see that democratic institutions would be made ridiculous from the AfD: “Certain things make themselves ridiculous.” After the question of whether the right-wing extremist Björn Höcke stands for the AfD or one or the other critically competent professor, he digs historical verbal mistakes made by others.

Harald Weyel, the former professor who lives in Bensberg’s multicultural small Manhattan, sees the AfD as a “young organization”. He does not say why she repeatedly dances on the dividing line between radicalism and extremism and occasionally even dances polka on it. But it does with the judges’ scolding itself.


Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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