For days, the CDU has been discussing how to deal with the district politician Moritz, who is controversial because of neo-Nazi contacts. Now, according to a letter, he is stepping down from the party to "avert further damage."
The CDU district executive Robert Moritz, who is controversial because of contacts with right-wing extremists, is apparently leaving the party. That said the general secretary of the state association Saxony-Anhalt, Sven Schulze.
In a letter from the politician from Saxony-Anhalt dated Friday, it says, according to "Welt", that he is asking for the "immediate resignation of all internal party functions and the immediate exit from the CDU". "In order to avert further damage to the party and to pacify political discussions, I would like to send a personal signal," the newspaper quoted from the letter. "Sometimes you need to reflect on the real priorities in life." At the same time Moritz asserted that he felt deeply connected to the values of the CDU and represented them in full.
The district executive initially supported Moritz after he had distanced himself from his past. The action of the committee, however, triggered nationwide outrage and also provoked opposition within the CDU itself.
Yesterday the CDU Saxony-Anhalt gave the local politician an ultimatum. A spokeswoman said a spokeswoman said that Moritz had to explain his activities and networks in the right-wing extremist scene "completely and completely" by December 27 at the latest, and explain that Nazi symbols such as swastikas are incompatible with the principles of the CDU Saxony-Anhalt.
In a meeting on December 28th, the state executive will "get its own picture of the credibility" of the local politician.
The district politician was criticized, among other things, because he has a tattoo of several swastikas, which is popular with right-wing extremists. He was also a member of the controversial Uniter association, which critics accuse of links to the right-wing extremist milieu. He also said he was steward at a neo-Nazi demonstration in 2011.