Saxony-anhalt: another cdu member resigned from uniter

The CDU in Saxony-Anhalt and how it deals with right-wing extremists – the debate has been going on for months, most recently because of the district council member Moritz from the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district. Now other CDU members are suspected of having connections to a controversial association. Two of them left the club at the weekend.

In the debate about the CDU district politician Moritz, another CDU member has withdrawn from the controversial Uniter Association explained. The man from Bernburg has not been a member of Uniter since December 14th. This emerges from a letter of resignation from the association, which is available to the German Press Agency.

It was previously known that there are apparently several politicians in Saxony-Anhalt’s CDU with ties to Uniter. The reports the editorial network Germany. According to this, other officials at Uniter are said to have been or are still active.

CDU politician was a founding member of Uniter

This coincides with information from the MDR magazine "exactly". Thereafter, the CDU member Theodor Schopfel was one of the founding members of Uniter. Schopfel defended this in an interview with the MDR. He said the association originally wanted to help Bundeswehr soldiers who had returned from abroad with problems with dealing with authorities and finding a job. "We tried to play employment agency for soldiers," said Schopfel the MDR. The local politician was a member of the Sandersdorf-Brehna city council until this year. He was therefore also the club’s vice-head.

The chairman of Uniter is said to have come from Gerbstedt in the southern Harz, the third chairman was after the report Andre S. from Halle, who calls himself "Hannibal" in internal chat groups. According to RND, a total of three of the five board positions were occupied by representatives from Saxony-Anhalt. This raises the suspicion that there is a Uniter network in Saxony-Anhalt. It was previously known that the CDU district politician Robert Moritz from Lobnitz near Bitterfeld-Wolfen until a few days ago was a member of Uniter.

What is the Uniter?

According to the editorial network Germany, the association was founded in Halle. In 2016, the association was dissolved, according to MDR information because of too few members. After the initial great response, the association later had hardly any members. It is true that Uniter was requested to be deleted from the register of associations in October 2016. Due to a "misdirected letter from the tax office", the deletion dragged on until the beginning of this year.

In Baden-Wurttemberg, however, a new association with the same name had been founded. The club is suspected of being part of a right-wing extremist network. Uniter was through research by the taz and alleged links to right-wing terrorism hit the headlines. The network around the association and the KSK soldier Andre "Hannibal" S. was called the shadow army. There are right-wing extremist chat groups of Bundeswehr officers and SEK police officers.

In it, members would have exchanged ideas, for example, about deporting opponents to camps in Bundeswehr trucks. After research by the taz, considerations about mass murders were also part of the chat history.

The Moritz case and Uniter involvement had triggered a coalition dispute

The personality of the CDU district politician Robert Moritz had caused a government crisis in Saxony-Anhalt at the weekend. The CDU in Saxony-Anhalt even threatened to end the Kenya coalition. Moritz was a steward at a neo-Nazi demo in 2011 and was a member of the controversial Uniter association. After Moritz declared himself in front of his party, the CDU had decided that he could remain a member and on the district committee. Moritz has a black sun tattoo. It is used in the neo-Nazi scene as a substitute symbol for the forbidden swastika. The Greens therefore asked verbatim in a press release: "How many swastikas can there be in the CDU?" That sparked the argument in the government.