Jens Schneider, Berlin
Jörg Meuthen’s opponents have been waiting for this retreat for a long time, just as his supporters feared this move. For the AfD, the party leader’s resignation will mean a huge lowering of their dispute over the party’s direction, likely leaving the more moderate wing in the party further losing ground. Simply because he has lost his leading figure: After more than six years at the head of the party, Meuthen announced in an email to AfD members on Monday morning that he would no longer run for the party chairmanship. It seems like a surrender to the far right, and that’s how they should see it.