Members of the Uckermark regional council signed together with the AfD a letter addressed to Olaf Scholz. They call for a different policy in Ukraine.

Participants at the AfD state party conference in Brandenburg raise their voter cards during a vote.

“You don't sign letters with right-wing extremists,” said Benjamin Raschke, head of the Green Party in the state parliament. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa

SEDAN taz | An open letter signed by local politicians from the CDU, SPD and Left Party in Uckermark, together with far-right politicians from the AfD and fascists, is causing quite a stir. In the letter, which was made public on Monday, the signatories ask Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (both SPD) to end military support for Ukraine. Scholz and Bas should instead “take responsibility for a peaceful solution.”

Among the names of the 32 signatories are AfD politicians and members of the “Die Heimat” party, the successor party to the far-right NPD party. Hannes Gnauck, federal president of the AfD youth organization Junge Alternative, also signed.

The Uckermark SPD district council on Tuesday distanced itself from the letter signed by two of its members. “We cannot support a unilateral statement that does not name the aggressor and does not address the need for an adequate defense of Ukraine,” he said in a statement.

The green representatives have not signed. The head of the Green parliamentary group, Benjamin Raschke, asked the other parties to distance themselves. “You don't sign letters with right-wing extremists,” he said.

For the CDU and the left in the Brandenburg state parliament, signing together with the right-wing extremists does not seem to be a problem. “I would have signed it too,” said the leader of Brandenburg's left-wing parliamentary group, Sebastian Walter, on Tuesday. And the leader of the CDU parliamentary group, Jan Redmann, told me that he fundamentally understands the position of the district councilors. Due to the PCK refinery in Schwedt, according to Redmann, the Ucker framework is particularly affected by Russian sanctions.

In the Brandenburg state parliament, the SPD, CDU, Greens, Left and Free Voters reject cooperation with the AfD. At the federal level, CDU leader Friedrich Merz announced last summer that “there would be no cooperation with the AfD at the local level.” Local elections will be held in Brandenburg in June and a new regional parliament will be elected in September.