The German investigative publication Corrective published a story exposing a meeting of neo-Nazis and other far-right individuals, leading to one party employee’s dismissal.
Roland Hartwig previously worked as an aide for Alice Weidel, co-leader of the far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD). He served as a member of the Bundestag between 2017 and 2021.
On Monday, the story revealed that Hartwig had attended a meeting of far-right activists that included neo-Nazis, where they discussed a “master plan” to deport millions from Germany, such as migrants and “unassimilated citizens.”
The group reportedly included 24 people meeting in a dining hall of a hotel close to Potsdam, which Corrective described as “a mix of AfD members, followers of the Identitarian movement and members of nationalist student fraternities (Burschenschaft).”
Following the exposure, the AfD leadership attempted to contain the damage and distance themselves from the meeting.
Hartwig has been characterized as the “unofficial general secretary of the party” who wielded significant influence over the AfD’s decisions.