Chairman Simone Peter says the party “deeply regrets” links with paedophile lobby groups in the 1980s
Germany’s Green Party has admitted it had extensive links with a pro-paedophile lobbying organisation in the eighties and was involved in campaigns at the time to legalise sex with children.
The revelations bear similarities to allegations that a pro-paedophile group had links to prominent politicians in the UK and received government funding.
But unlike in the UK, where politicians have denied links to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), the full extent of the German Greens’ involvement with pro-paedophile organisations has emerged in a report commissioned by the party itself, in an attempt to come clean about its past.
“The decisions taken at that time were not acceptable,” the German Greens’ national chairman Simone Peter, said at a press conference to release the report, adding that the party “deeply regretted” that it was “responding to the debate much too late”.
The Green Party’s reputation suffered considerable harmwhen its historic links with a German lobbying group called the Federal Association for Gays, Transexuals and Pederasts, which campaigned for a repeal of all sexual offences laws, including those against sex with children, first emerged in Spiegel magazine last year.
The new report was commissioned in part to stem the fall-out from those revelations, but the details which emerge in it could prove damaging.
The report includes an extensive list of Green Party local election campaign material that called for the decriminalisation of paedophilia during the eighties.
“We distance ourselves explicitly from demands for impunity for paedophile acts,” the party said in a statement. “Sexuality between adults and children is always sexual violence against children and a form of abuse, with serious, sometimes life-long consequences for those affected.
“We apologise to those who feel their pain and suffering has been mocked by our debates and positions in the 1980s. We regret it deeply if perpetrators have gained a sense of legitimacy for their actions from these debates.”