Dhe AfD parliamentary group loses another member. Saxon MP Verena Hartmann informed the group leaders in writing on Monday that she wanted to leave the party and party with immediate effect. “This does not affect my mandate. I will continue my work and ongoing projects as a non-attached member of the German Bundestag, ”says the letter that is available to the German Press Agency. Hartmann did not give a reason for leaving the letter. The “World” also reported on her step.
Hartmann is a former police officer. Before moving to politics, she worked in communications, among other things. Last summer, she was one of the signatories of an appeal criticizing the style of the right-wing national “wing”. With a view to the “wing” founder and Thuringian AfD country chief Björn Höcke, the appeal says: “The AfD is not and will not be a Björn Höcke party”.
After Hartmann’s departure, the AfD parliamentary group now has only 89 members of the Bundestag. In total, five MPs have turned their backs on the parliamentary group since the 2017 federal election – the first was former party leader Frauke Petry. In December, the former police officer Lars Herrmann announced his resignation – he too had criticized the “wing” and, like Hartmann, comes from Saxony.
Hartmann had clashed with the Saxon Member of the Bundestag Jens Maier at the beginning of the legislative period. The former judge, who feels connected to the “wing”, had threatened her in a session: “We are getting ready for you!” Hartmann also reported negative reactions to her AfD membership, which she had been confronted with in private. At the time, she said: “Discrimination in society must be endured.”