Thursday, April 28, 2016

2nd chance? Nazi salute video failed to unseat Merkel party members, media find

Three of Angela Merkel’s fellow party members have been exposed for chanting right-wing slogans and showing off badges bearing Nazi swastikas. The ugly events of a decade ago have caused a fresh scandal in the chancellor’s CDU party.

It happened in 2005, when three young men just on the cusp of their political careers, Christoph Brzezinski, Danny Freymark and Lukas Krieger, made a trip to the Latvian capital of Riga.

There, the young men recorded a home video now at the center of the scandal. Proclaiming “Germany for Germans” and“fighting Jewish Bolshevism” and the like, they held up pins showing the Nazi swastika and called it “a badge of honor.” ....