“I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934,” he said. ” ‘Us first. We . . . We. . . . ‘ These are frightening thoughts.”
It is not the first time the pontiff has made such remarks, but his comments published on Friday came as Italy’s populist government appeared to be on the verge of collapse.
On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, the most powerful politician in Italy, called for parliament to be dissolved and asked President Sergio Mattarella to order snap elections that could make Italy’s government lean even further right.
AfD promotes anti-Muslim policies and emphasizes Germanness as a superior culture. Its ideology is based on the idea that Germanness can only be acquired biologically. On the campaign trail, Alexander Gauland said that State Minister Aydan Özoğuz, of Turkish descent, should be “disposed in Anatolia.” Several ranking members of AfD openly deny the Holocaust and German responsibility for it. Frauke Petry, another chairperson, opined that German borders should be protected by firing on asylum seekers. She left AfD the day after the elections due to internal power struggles, though she will keep her parliamentarian seat.
Two thousand and twelve was a bumper year for the breaking of political conventions in Australia. For the first time, a national political leader was investigated and pursued for her professional conduct before winning elected office. Led by the Australian newspaper, a group of right-wing fanatics ran a smear campaign against Julia Gillard targeting her time working for the Slater & Gordon law firm in the early 1990s. No other prime minister has been treated this way, judged on their pre-parliamentary career rather than the traditional focus on parliamentary service.