CDU state election candidate receives second ‘far-right’ death threat

A week ahead of Thuringia’s state elections, top Christian Democratic (CDU) candidate Mike Mohring has reportedly received a second death threat.

CDU state election candidate receives second 'far-right' death threat
Mohring speaking at a CDU campaign event in September. Photo: DPA

This time the letter came by email, Mohring said in a video published on Twitter on Sunday. 

The threat said that he should stop his election campaign at noon on Sunday. The Thuringians elect a new state parliament on Sunday, October 27th.

“Right-wing extremists demanded this of me,” the politician said. “If I didn’t do that, they said they wanted to stab me, like the mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker (independent), or even detonate a car bomb.”

Investigators assume that there is a right-wing extremist background to the crime. Cologne's mayor Reker (non-party), to whom the current threat refers, was stabbed in the neck by a far-right extremist on October 2015 shortly before her election.

READ ALSO: Cologne mayor tells court of being stabbed in neck

Mohring also published a photo of the email on Twitter. The State Criminal Investigation Office is currently investigating. 

“We must not leave any room for hate, violence, aggression, death threats,” Mohring said. Other top candidates for the state elections next Sunday could also be threatened, he added.

A second threat

Mohring had already received a death threat at the end of September. According to the CDU, the sender of the postcard indirectly referred to the murder of pro-immigration politician Walter Lübcke (CDU), who was murdered by a right-wing extremist in June at his home near Kassel. 

READ ALSO: Far-right motive suspected in German pro-migrant politician murder

According to the threatening letter, Mohring was also going to receive a “head shot”.

In its current annual report, German intelligence counts 24,100 right-wing extremists in Germany, more than half of whom, according to the authority, are “oriented towards violence”. 

READ ALSO: 12,700 violent far-right extremists in Germany, government claims


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Top candidate/special candidate – (der) Spitzenkandidat

partyless/independent – parteilos

Death threat – (die) Morddrohung

soon/shortly – demnächst

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German politician panned over Candy Crush confession

A German regional leader has sparked a backlash after he admitted on a chat app to playing Candy Crush on his phone during online pandemic response meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German politician panned over Candy Crush confession
Thuringia state premier Bodo Ramelow. Photo: DPA

Bodo Ramelow, head of the eastern Thuringia state, made the confession during what he thought was a closed meeting on the invitation-only audio chatroom app Clubhouse at the weekend.

The politician from the hard-left Die Linke party said that during the often hours-long sessions, “some people play Sudoku, others play chess or Scrabble on their phones, and I play Candy Crush,” according to German media reports.

He also reportedly referred to the chancellor as “Merkelchen”, a diminutive meaning “little Merkel”.

Responding to criticism online and in the media, Ramelow apologised for the Merkel slur and reflected on Twitter that “diminishing the chancellor's name was an act of male ignorance”.

At a press conference in Berlin on Monday, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert quipped that the revelation “speaks for itself and requires no further comment”.

Armin Laschet, the head of Merkel's conservative CDU party, said he did not play games in the pandemic conferences “because they are about very, very important questions”.

“We are discussing fundamental encroachments on basic rights… in schools, in education, in the economy, and you have to be involved in a focused way,” he told reporters in Berlin on Monday.

Thuringia's interior minister, Georg Maier of the Social Democrats, told the RND broadcaster that Ramelow “should reconsider his behaviour”.

Ramelow and other state premiers pushed back hard against Merkel's proposals for a tougher lockdown at a decisive pandemic meeting in October – weeks before an explosion in new coronavirus cases.

Ramelow has since expressed regret and admitted that the chancellor was right to push for tougher measures.