According to the former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, the voters of the AfD in the district of Sonneberg have set an exclamation mark against democracy “with democratic means”. Knobloch said on Sunday in Munich that she no longer spoke of a dam bursting, that would devalue the word: “The danger to the Jewish community and other minorities has long been real.”

With the election of a representative of the AfD to the district administrator, the stable democracy in Germany was knocked out another pillar. Many are partly responsible for this result, Knobloch said. “But above all, the local people at the ballot box made this dangerous decision.”

On Sunday in the district of Sonneberg in Thuringia, which borders on Upper Franconia and has close ties to its neighboring Franconian municipalities, an AfD candidate was elected district administrator for the first time in Germany.