The German far-right AfD wants to dismantle the EU in its current form and transform it into a confederation of nation-states with limited power, the party stated during its EU election kick-off on Saturday (27 April).

Marc Jongen, EU candidate for the AfD, considered one of the leading figures in forming the party’s ideology, told Euractiv that “the AfD wants to strengthen our national sovereignty and limit the power of the EU to what is necessary and conducive.”

In his opinion, the EU is transforming into a “European superstate” which “would no longer be a democracy and would make Germany the permanent paymaster of Europe.”

The party has recently left the idea of an EU-exit Germany’s behind. Instead, it advocates their new strategy to “Re-think Europe” into a “Confederation of European Nations”.