The Green group Chairman Katrin Göring-Eckardt, has defended the decision of the organizers of the Evangelical Church of the day, no AfD representatives to invite.

“I think it is right that AfD is not the Church inviting,” said the President of the Protestant kirchentag in Dresden in 2011, the editorial network in Germany.

“the last Church days she was invited in the Person of a Church-political spokeswoman. That was the way it should be.” But, in the meantime, this woman was leaked from the AfD, and the party had radicalized since then, solid. “The Church is not there to provide a platform for racist ideology. Therefore, the AfD can discuss members pray for love to come and sing,,. But you will not get a Podium for propaganda.”

Even the President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, once again defended the decision. “I expect a process of clarification as to whether the AfD will not tolerate these the right settings as part of your party, or even wants to, or whether they can be distinguished. That is still to come”, he said the “New osnabrück newspaper”. Him, it is but important to be with people who choose to AfD or in the party to engage in the conversation, said the Bavarian Bishop. However, this will require a basic consensus.

With a worship service on the evening of the 37 starts today officially. Protestant Kirchentag in Dortmund. To Sunday, about 100,000 visitors from 100 countries are expected. Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) talk at the opening of the faith festival in the city centre.

Under the slogan “What is a trust” it is about uncertainty, social cohesion, justice, immigration, Integration, environmental and climate protection. Many celebrities from politics, science, society, and culture have been announced. Also Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) arrives in the Ruhr area.

On the first day to follow up on the great worship of a great “evening of encounter” in the city center of Dortmund. Live music on numerous stages, such as Anna Loos, a creative, colorful, hands-on program, and around 300 stalls are planned. The “blessing night” to ignite tens of thousands of candles and parts of the city from 22.30, in a sea of light to transform.

Church tags President Hans Leyendecker is aiming for a “politically good Church day” and to overcome “the conflict in the society”. Many controversial issues such as xenophobia, corruption, anti-Semitism, or abuse in the Church to come to the podium.

On Thursday, talks, Steinmeier in the Westfalen hall on “the future of trust in the digital Modernity”. Among the Top appointments, a round with the former Federal President Joachim Gauck on the topic of “German Angst”, or with his predecessor, Christian Wulff, the role of Islam. On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on trust in international politics.

high-profile it continues: foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and the Congolese doctor and Nobel peace prize laureate Denis Mukwege speak on the question, what is the responsibility of Germany in the world.