MEPs from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party have chosen their new party leader in the European Parliament: Nicolaus Fest, who sparked outrage last month by sharing insults and glee over the death of David Sasoli.
The President of Parliament Sassoli died on January 11 at the age of 65, arousing a surge of sympathy from MEPs and European leaders. But according to leaked text messages obtained by German broadcaster ARD, Fest wrote in a group chat: ‘Finally that dirty pig is gone’, and wrote that Sassoli was ‘an anti-democrat, a disgrace to any parliamentary idea “.
However, AfD MEPs elected him on Tuesday to head their nine-person delegation, with Gunnar Beck becoming the new vice-president.
Fest succeeds Jörg Meuthen, who recently resigned and left the AfD but remains an MEP.