Everyone is excited this morning, because AfD leader Frauke Petry suggested that German police officers should shoot refugees at the border if necessary (what ever that means). With the usual qualifications and rhetorical back doors, the party is happily channeling the vigilante spirit that has grabbed parts of the German public. Disgust and free headlines aside, Petry’s partner and political ally, NRW leader Marcus Pretzell, came up with the same clever idea exactly three months ago. Hearing these words from the AfD’s top officer may have a new quality, but mostly, it’s sad old news.
Update February 2, 2016: Here is an English-language source for the backstory (Politico)