Anti-migrant party makes foreigners face of PR push
The Local · 10 Jun 2016, 13:13
Published: 10 Jun 2016 13:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jun 2016 13:13 GMT+02:00
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“Join us! Change politics!” the slogan on the advert on AfD Baden-Württemberg’s Facebook page urged.
Two well-groomed young people enthusiastically give the thumbs up, the wholesome smiles on their faces an apparent endorsement of the campaign.
But it is questionable whether the models in the photograph would be so keen to give their support to the AfD in real life.
The populist party have made a name for themselves bashing migrants, whether they be Muslims, or Bulgarians and Romanians, who AfD claim move to Germany with the aim of living off its welfare system.
The two models, Carla Caucean and Adi Ene, both come from Romania, one of the EU's newest member states, reports jetzt.de.
It appears that the AfD, too, never meant to make Eastern Europeans the face of its campaign.
The images were downloaded from the stock image website iStock.
When contacted by weekly magazine Kontext, the AfD in Baden-Württemberg said they had been given the pictures by a branch of the party in another part of Germany.
Shortly afterwards the advert disappeared from their Facebook page.
The AfD have something of a talent for shooting themselves in the foot.
Last week one of their politicians seemed to say in a state parliament meeting that Germany should put gay people in jail.
Meanwhile their deputy leader told a national newspaper that most Germans wouldn’t want Jerome Boateng, a famous German footballer of African descent, as their neighbour.
The vast majority of Germans disagreed, as polling has shown.
Despite the AfD having hugely profited from the unpopularity of the government’s refugee policy among many Germans, these latest foot-in-mouth moments appear to have damaged their popularity with voters.