Tino Chrupalla

Tino Chrupalla (/ˈtiːno kʁʊˈpala/; born 14 April 1975) is a German politician of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and Member of the Bundestag since 2017.[1] In November 2019, he was nominated by Alexander Gauland to replace him as co-chairman and later elected to the position. Since 2019, Chrupalla has served as chairman and lead spokesman for the AfD.[2]

Tino Chrupalla
Tino Chrupalla, 2020 (cropped).jpg
Chrupalla in 2020
Leader of the Alternative for Germany
Assumed office
30 November 2019
Serving with Alice Weidel
DeputyStephan Brandner
Peter Boehringer
Mariana Harder-Kühnel
Preceded byAlexander Gauland
Leader of the Alternative for Germany in the Bundestag
Assumed office
30 September 2021
Serving with Alice Weidel
Chief WhipBernd Baumann
DeputyPeter Felser
Leif-Erik Holm
Sebastian Münzenmaier
Beatrix von Storch
Preceded byAlexander Gauland
Member of the Bundestag
for Görlitz
Assumed office
24 October 2017
Preceded byMichael Kretschmer
Personal details
Born (1975-04-14) 14 April 1975 (age 47)
Weißwasser, East Germany
Political partyAfD


Chrupalla was born on 14 April 1975 in Weißwasser,[1] then in East Germany. In 2003 qualified via profession education examen as house painter and varnisher master.[1][3] He later went on to become the owner of a construction company.[4] Chrupalla is married with two children.[5]

In March 2020, two protestors set fire to Chrupalla's car and he suffered mild injuries putting the blaze out. He condemned the attack as a direct attack on his family that went beyond all conceivable boundaries of political debate.[6]

Political careerEdit

Chrupalla in 2019

In the 1990s, Tino Chrupalla joined the Christian Democratic Youth, linked to the CDU. Chrupalla entered the AfD in 2015 and in 2016 was elected to its district committee for Görlitz.[1] At the 2017 German federal election, he defeated Michael Kretschmer, later Minister-President of Saxony, in the electoral district of Görlitz.[7]

Chrupalla is one of five deputy chief whips of the AfD federal parliamentary group.[8]

Ahead of the 2021 German federal election, Chrupalla was the AfD's leading candidate for the Bundestag alongside Alice Weidel. Together with Weidel, he was elected group leader of the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag on 30 September 2021, replacing Alexander Gauland, who remained as honorary chairman as part of the redefinition of the office.[9]


German newspaper Zeit has characterized Chrupalla as one of the more relatively moderate members of the AfD parliamentary faction.[10] Ahead of the 2021 German federal election, Chrupalla cited border security as his main concern and called for Germany to reinstate border controls to "curb border crime".[11] As federal spokesman, Chrupalla repeatedly called on the AfD to unite and "stop thinking in camps".[12]

In a Bundestag debate on 8 November 2019 on the subject of 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Chrupalla caused a stir when he accused the Chancellor Angela Merkel of having learned from the Free German Youth in East Germany on how to keep a people in check with propaganda and agitation, based on "strategies of domination and disintegration."[13]

At the invitation of the Russian Defense Ministry in Summer 2021, Chrupalla gave a speech at a conference in which he spoke of Allied "psychological warfare" after World War II, whose re-education allegedly had a lasting impact on German national identity. Chruppalla compared the alleged policies of the Western Allies after 1945 with Nazi propaganda.[14][15]

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine happened half a year later, he said "This war also has several fathers. ... Of course, the role of NATO and the role of the federal government of Germany must also be discussed here."[16]

In December 2021, Chrupalla expressed opposition to mandatory COVID vaccinations during a debate on the show ZDF-Morgenmagazin, but argued vaccination would make sense for the elderly and those who were previously ill. When the moderator Andreas Wunn stated ICU doctors confirmed that 80 to 90 percent of Covid patients in intensive care units were unvaccinated, Chrupalla claimed the numbers were unconfirmed and blamed budget cuts and downsizing of medical departments as the problem for overloaded ICUs.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography on the website of the Bundestag". Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  2. ^ "AfD wählt Tino Chrupalla zum Nachfolger von Gauland". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 30 November 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  3. ^ Fromm, Anne (2 January 2018). ""Sächsische Zeitung" und die AfD: "Da gehört er hin"". Die Tageszeitung: Taz. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.ouest-france.fr/europe/allemagne/allemagne-tino-chrupalla-le-nouveau-visage-lisse-d-une-extreme-droite-encore-plus-radicale-6637065[bare URL]
  5. ^ Justus Bender: Ein Malermeister fällt aus der Rolle. In: FAZ, 3 August 2021, retrieved 3 August 2021.
  6. ^ Auto von AfD-Chef Chrupalla abgebrannt. In: FAZ, 2 March 2020, retrieved 3 August 2021.
  7. ^ "AfD gewinnt an der Neiße". Sächsische Zeitung (in German). 24 September 2017. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017.
  8. ^ Biermann, Kai; Geisler, Astrid; Holzinger, Christina; Middelhoff, Paul; Polke-Majewski, Karsten; Steffen, Tilman (24 October 2017). "AfD-Abgeordnete: Rechts bis extrem im Bundestag". Zeit.de. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  9. ^ "AfD-Fraktion wählt Weidel und Chrupalla als Vorsitzende" (in German). 30 September 2021. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  10. ^ Kai Biermann, Astrid Geisler, Christina Holzinger, Paul Middelhoff, Karsten Polke-Majewski (26 September 2017), "AfD-Fraktion: Rechts bis extrem im Bundestag", Die Zeit (in German), Hamburg, ISSN 0044-2070, retrieved 5 October 2017{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Konrad Litschko (26 September 2017). "Die glücklichen Rechten". Taz.de. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Chrupalla fordert Geschlossenheit in der AfD nach Absturz bei Landtagswahlen". Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  13. ^ Die wüste Gegenwart. Spiegel Online 8 November 2019.
  14. ^ Kamann, Matthias (11 July 2021). "Chrupalla compares Allied policies after 1945 to Nazi propaganda". Die Welt (in German).
  15. ^ "Chrupalla to speak at Russian Defense Ministry conference". Spiegel Online (in German). 18 June 2021.
  16. ^ tagesschau.de. "AfD bei Landtagswahlen: Chrupallas verheerende Bilanz". tagesschau.de (in German). Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  17. ^ Chrupalla mit kruden Behauptungen und Impfstoff-Kritik www.ksta.de, 15 December 2021.
  18. ^ "Moma"-Moderator streitet mit AfD-Fraktionschef Chrupalla: "Von wem lassen Sie sich denn wissenschaftlich beraten?" www.rnd.de, 15 December 2021.

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