The Blue Party (Germany) Sept 10, 2018 7:07:01 GMT -7
Post by pieter on Sept 10, 2018 7:07:01 GMT -7
The Blue Party (German: Die blaue Partei) is a national-conservative political party in Germany that was founded on the initiative of the former leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Frauke Petry, after she left the party following the 2017 federal election. The party presents itself as more moderate than the AfD, and aims to attract social conservatives, right-wing liberals and former AfD members to join the party. As of 22 October 2017, the party has one member in the Bundestag, one in the state parliament of Saxony and four members in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. The party is officially chaired by Michael Muster.
Party leader of the Blue Party, Michael Muster
Frauke Petry was elected leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) on 4 July 2015. However, internal disputes within the AfD in the run-up to the 2017 federal election saw Petry stand down as leader to be replaced by Björn Höcke from the party's far-right wing. Petry and Höcke both attempted to exclude each other from the party, with Petry accusing Höcke and his supporters of being extremists. However, Petry decided she would still stand at the federal election. In the run-up to the election, Petry registered a website and a political party under the name die Blauen, sparking speculation that she would join her new party.
Petry left the AfD immediately after being elected in September 2017, but announced that she would be an independent. This changed in October 2017, when Petry officially announced the founding of the Blue Party.
Petry became the first Blue Party member in the Bundestag and, because of her dual mandate, the first Blue Party member in the Landtag of Saxony. She was shortly joined by her husband Marcus Pretzell, a representative in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, and three other NRW representatives: Alexander Langguth, Frank Neppe and Anette Schultner. Petry stated that the party hopes to compete in the 2019 state election in Saxony.
Bürgerforum die 'Blaue Wende' mit Frauke Petry und Marcus Pretzell
Leaders of the Blauwe Partei