Katja Hoyer Katja Hoyer

What a secret far-right meeting reveals about the AfD

An AfD rally (Credit: Getty images)

It sounds like a scene from a dystopian TV drama: in a country hotel west of Berlin, far-right politicians met neo-Nazi activists and sympathetic businesspeople to discuss a ‘masterplan’ for Germany that involves the forced deportations of millions from the country. But this is no fiction. According to reports in the German media, such a meeting took place last November. These revelations will do little to calm the tumultuous political waters in Germany.

Around two dozen people met at the picturesque lakeside hotel in Potsdam, according to the news outlet Correctiv, which published a detailed report of its undercover investigation. Given the explosive content discussed in speeches between meals, secrecy was paramount for the organisers. Members were invited by a letter seen by Correctiv and the Guardian. The stated purpose of the meeting: the presentation of a ‘masterplan’, presented by ‘none other’ than Martin Sellner.

The AfD contains many individuals with extreme views and plans for Germany

Sellner is the former leader of Austria’s branch of the pan-European Identitarian Movement. Identitarians claim that there is a conspiracy to replace the white populations of the West with non-white immigrants. Sellner himself has engaged in far-right activities since his youth and is therefore permanently barred from the UK on security grounds.

So attendees of the meeting had some idea that the ‘masterplan’ Sellner would present was about the idea of ‘re-migration’. As he confirmed in a statement to the Guardian, this involves ‘deportations…and pressure to assimilate’. According to Correctiv, Sellner argued that asylum seekers, foreigners with residence permits and ‘unassimilated’ citizens should be expelled from Germany, whether they held German passports or not. A ‘model state’ in North Africa with capacity for up to two million was outlined as one option where people could be ‘moved to’.

That this is reminiscent of the Nazis’ Madagaskar Plan of 1940, which proposed to deport one million European Jews to the island each year, where they were to die under terrible conditions caused by overcrowding and a brutal SS regime, is perhaps not surprising given Sellner’s neo-nazi past.

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