Mikkel Rosenvold
7 weeks ago

German billionaire in trouble for right wing association

Products from Theo Müller company like buttermilk Müllermilch and yoghurt on a wooden board in Stuttgart, Germany
Products from Theo Müller's company. Photo: Markus Mainka / Shutterstock.com

Theo Müller, a billionaire known for dairy brands like Müller-Milch and Landliebe, has faced consequences for his association with Alice Weidel, the leader of the AfD party, writes FAZ.de.

In many German states, AfD is considered a suspect of right-wing extremism, yet it holds the second place in national polls. This affiliation led to the resignation of Thomas Ingelfinger from the administrative board of the Theo Müller Group, as reported by "Manager Magazin" and confirmed by the company.

Müller's engagement with Weidel has been notable, including admissions of multiple meetings and a private dinner in Cannes, France. Müller expressed his interest in the AfD's program and Weidel's views on current politics, describing Weidel as a "friend" but clarified he is not an AfD member and does not intend to become one.

He also denied donating to the party. Despite criticisms of extremist elements within AfD, Müller defended the party's legitimacy, stating it operates within the democratic constitutional state.

The departure of Ingelfinger from the Müller Group's board is reportedly linked to his involvement with Mediaforeurope (MFE), which brought him into the supervisory board of the broadcaster ProSieben/Sat.1.

This dual role sparked criticism within MFE, influenced by his position at the Müller Group amidst Müller's controversial political associations. The situation reflects the broader tension between business leadership and political affiliations, especially with parties facing scrutiny for extremist views.

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