A German gay man has explained why he turned to the far-right political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), after he was brutally attacked by ‘Muslim extremists’.
Karsten, 55, from Bremen, met former shadow secretary Ed Balls for his new documentary series, ‘Travels in Euroland’ which airs on BBC2 tonight at 9pm, and explained that despite the populist party’s anti-same-sex marriage policies, he chose to vote for them in 2017.
The taxi driver had always voted for the country’s left wing green political party, Alliance 90/The Greens, however was swayed after he and his partner Sven were brutally attacked, leaving Karsten with six plates and 17 screws in his head.
He told how the attack, from two men who soon fled to Syria, left him believing his partner was dead, and said the AfD were the only political group to reply to him after he contacted them about the incident.
Driving in his car, Karsten explained to the former Labour MP how while he doesn’t take issue with the town’s increasing refugee population, he fears a potential increase in crime against him as a gay man.