London law lecturer Gunnar Beck is running for a party that German security services believe supports ‘racial–nationalist’ ideology

Staff and students at SOAS will stage a protest at the university today against the ‘extreme’ right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), amid growing anger that a SOAS law lecturer is standing for the party in the forthcoming European elections.

Staff and students are enraged that SOAS academic Gunnar Beck is involved with a party that the University and College Union says is at ;clear odds with the university’s values of diversity and internationalism’.

A recent leaked report from Germany intelligence services noted that the AfD had recently fallen under the influence of a ‘racial-nationalist’ faction that believes in the ‘ethnic superiority’ of Germans.