Friday 20 July 2018

Germany’s nationalists say they will chair Bundestag budget committee

The far-right movement staked claim to the role which is traditionally occupied by an opposition politician.

Politicians in the chamber of the Bundestag (Michael Sohn/AP)
Politicians in the chamber of the Bundestag (Michael Sohn/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The nationalist Alternative for Germany party has said one of its politicians will chair the German parliament’s budget committee, a key panel that oversees government spending.

The six other parties represented in the Bundestag have largely shunned politicians from the upstart party, known by its German acronym AfD, for its anti-migrant positions.

Last week, they blocked an AfD politician from joining a parliamentary committee that oversees the country’s intelligence services and earlier rejected the party’s candidate for deputy speaker.

Chairmanship of the Bundestag’s budget committee traditionally falls to the biggest opposition party. That would be AfD, the party said on Tuesday, if talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats result in their forming a governing coalition.

Press Association

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