The far-right ID group rejects Germany’s AfD despite dropping Krah

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The far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament currently has no plans to take back the Alternative for Germany (AfD), despite the exclusion of controversial politician Maximilian Krah from the party’s parliamentary delegation.

An AfD spokesperson confirmed a report from Politico on Thursday, which said France’s National Rally party had made the decision along with other ID representatives at a meeting in Brussels.

Last month, the ID group had expelled the AfD over scandals involving their top election candidate Maximilian Krah, shortly before the June 6-9 European Parliament elections.

After last week’s elections, the newly elected AfD MPs decided by a majority on Monday not to include Krah in their delegation.

The exclusion of Krah from the delegation was seen as part of an attempt by the AfD to put things in order with the other far-right parties in the European Parliament that form the ID bloc.

Krah described the decision as a mistake and predicted it would not change ID’s mind.

Krah has been beset by several scandals, including allegations of accepting money from Russia and China. A former top aide to Krah was arrested separately on charges of spying for China.

Krah also made highly controversial comments to an Italian newspaper, saying that members of the infamous Nazi SS paramilitaries were not all criminals.

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