Dhe German government parties reacted to the storming of the Capitol in Washington by offering close cooperation with the new American government and warned of the consequences of anti-democratic hatred in Germany as well. In a current hour of the Bundestag, however, there was also criticism of some reactions to the events of last week: the SPD and the Greens, for example, turned against the blocking of the digital communication channels of the American President Donald Trump.
All parties except the AfD also agreed that the attempted penetration by opponents of Corona measures into the Reichstag at the end of August and the infiltration of provocateurs by AfD MPs in November should be viewed as similar attacks on democracy.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said that in Germany, too, it was possible to experience “how hateful words turned into hateful deeds”, he stated: “Whoever is inciting bears responsibility”. Maas stated that the new American President Joe Biden was aiming for an international network of democracies and said that Germany and France had been preparing the ground for an alliance of multilateralists for four years.
Union parliamentary deputy leader Johann Wadephul said the United States now needs good partners; “We now have to be ready to hook each other up and work together.” Much is now possible together, in climate protection, for example, but also in common security policy. This includes Germany finally fulfilling its financial security policy obligations towards NATO. Wadephul also appealed that in the current situation, “please do not allow ourselves anti-Americanism”.
SPD and Greens against Twitter banning Trump
The SPD MP Nils Schmid not only blamed the previous President Donald Trump for the events in the Capitol; he accused the Republican Party of “historic failure” because it was unable to prevent right-wing radicals from entering. The Green MP Agnieska Brugger also pleaded for close cooperation with the new American government.
Like Maas, she criticized the blocking of Trump’s communication channels on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter: The regulation of such opinion platforms should not be “left to the discretion of large digital corporations”. Foreign Minister Maas said that it was not the corporate executives in Silicon Valley who had to decide how to curb hatred on the Internet, that would require state regulations.
The AfD, on the other hand, spoke of “digital censorship” and a “wave of purges on the Internet”. It is now apparently okay for many to “silence the political opponent,” said AfD MP Joana Cotar.
The deputy FDP parliamentary group leader Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, on the other hand, like the left-wing MP Petra Pau, put the AfD on the side of the right-wing American supporters of Donald Trump. Lambsdorff said that the pressure on the Reichstag building in August was comparable to the penetration into the Capitol. Both events are “the result of years of attack on the truth”. Pau said the real problem was not Trump, but the fact that millions of supporters followed his slogans.
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