Alternative for Germany
Far-right political party in Germany
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Alternative for Germany is a right-wing to far-right political party in Germany. Founded in April 2013, the AfD narrowly missed the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the Bundestag during the 2013 federal election. In 2014, the party won seven seats in the European election as a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists. After securing representation in 14 of the 16 German state parliaments by October 2017, in the 2017 federal election the AfD became the third-largest party in Germany after winning 94 seats in the Bundestag. It was the first time they had been represented there. The party is chaired by Jörg Meuthen and Tino Chrupalla; its lead candidates in the 2017 elections were AfD Co-Vice Chairman Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, who now serves as the party group leader in the Bundestag. In 2017 the AfD also became the largest opposition party in the Bundestag.
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Germany designates radical wing of far-right AfD as 'extremist entity'Germany will step up surveillance of a radical wing of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party after the domestic intelligence agency designated it as an extremist entity that threatens..
Germany to spy on far-right AfD's Flügel factionA movement inside the AfD called Flügel will be monitored systematically by intelligence agents.
Merkel's party suffers worst ever result in Hamburg state electionsVoters handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives their worst-ever result in Hamburg on Sunday, punishing them for flirting with the far-right in an eastern state and descending into a..
Merkel's party, far-right AfD punished in German state voteVoters handed Angela Merkel's conservatives their worst ever result in Hamburg on Sunday, punishing them for flirting with the far-right in an eastern state and descending into a messy leadership..
Merkel's party punished in state vote, far-right AfD faces parliament exitVoters in the German city of Hamburg punished Angela Merkel's conservatives on Sunday, pushing them into third place in their first electoral test since the chancellor's protegee gave up her hopes of..
‘As long as the AfD is legal, racism is legal’: Far-right party condemned as Germany struggles to combat extremismAs Germany‘s president expressed his sympathy and shock during a candlelight vigil for nine people killed by an immigrant-hating gunman, a woman called out from the crowd, demanding action, not..
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German far-right AfD accused of handing out 'racist' colouring bookMembers of the far-right group gave out books that appear to caricature Turkish men brandishing guns.
Germany AfD: Merkel fires minister over far right rowChristian Hirte tweeted his congratulations to a liberal candidate who was supported by the AfD.
Germany AfD-backed leader could get €93,000 for day's workThuringia's ex-premier was helped into office by the far right but resigned a day later.
German governor elected with far-right help seeks new voteBERLIN (AP) — A German state governor who got the job with the help of the far-right said Thursday he plans to step down and seek a new regional vote — after just a day in office that was marked by..
Call to dissolve state assembly as Merkel steps into row over far-rightThe newly elected premier of Thuringia called for the dissolution of the state assembly on Thursday after Chancellor Angela Merkel said his election with support from her party and the far-right..
German regional governor quits, calls for new polls after ‘stain’ of far-right supportThe premier of Germany's Thuringia state Thomas Kemmerich resigned Thursday and called for snap regional polls, a day after he was voted into office with help from far-right Alternative for Germany..
Merkel condemns her conservatives for siding with far right in state electionChancellor Angela Merkel said the election of a state premier with the support of her conservatives and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was inexcusable and should be reversed, seeking to..
Germany AfD: Merkel rejects election of Thuringia PMThe AfD helped a liberal politician win the vote and the German chancellor says it is unforgiveable.
Merkel faces new crisis as far-right emerges as kingmakerSenior figures in Germany's governing coalition will hold crisis talks on Saturday in response to growing outrage after a state premier was elected with support from the far-right Alternative for..
'Taboo broken' as far right becomes German state kingmakerA German state premier was elected with the support of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, shattering the post-war consensus among..
Germany AfD: Outrage as far right helps oust Thuringia PM RamelowThe AfD helps a liberal politician come to power, in what is seen as a big taboo in German politics.
German far-right AfD party elects new leader backed by radical wingThe far-right Alternative for Germany on Saturday elected a decorator from the east backed by a radical wing within the party as one of two co-leaders.
Germany's AfD decides over moderate or extreme right pathThe AfD will decide on leadership posts and vote on dozens of motions that will determine the trajectory of the party. An extreme wing of the party is hoping to shape the outcome. ......
Germany's far-right AfD eyes path to government with new leadersHundreds of people rallied on Saturday in protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany in the western German city of Brunswick where the AfD gathered to elect new leaders.
African member of Bundestag accuse Germans of racism, colonialism"The enemy has arrived in the midst of society. Unfortunately, this is fueled by political debates," he told the German daily taz. He pointed out that the AfD chairman Alexander Gauland had spoken..
Dark horse candidate opens up leadership race in Germany's far-right AfDAn Alternative for Germany (AfD) lawmaker known for his strident criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal immigration policies has decided to run for the leadership of the far-right party,..
VW says arena must cover German carmaker's name during far-right eventVolkswagen has told a sports arena in western Germany to cover up the carmaker's name when the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party holds an event there.
Far-right German lawmaker ousted as committee head over anti-SemitismGerman lawmakers on Wednesday ousted a member of the far-right opposition Alternative for Germany (AfD) as head of a parliamentary committee after he made comments widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
Outrage after AfD criticise mixed-race teen playing Christ ChildBenigna Munsi, a mixed-race teenager, was chosen to play the Christ Child at Nuremberg's Christmas market.
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German far right tests Merkel's conservatives in eastern state voteThe far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will try to build on its successes in two regional votes last month and beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in another eastern state election..
Germany's far-right AfD loses support after synagogue shooting: reportGermany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has dropped in public opinion polls after an anti-Semitic gun attack near a synagogue in Halle on Wednesday, broadcaster RTL/n-tv reported on..
Merkel warns against racism on anniversary of German reunificationChancellor Angela Merkel made a veiled attack on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on the 29th anniversary of German reunification on Thursday, saying economic grievances in the east..
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Far-right AfD fail to win German state elections in East despite anti-centrist backlashA far-right party made strong gains in a pair of state elections in eastern Germany on Sunday, but mainstream opponents appeared set to salvage their position as the strongest parties in both regions,..
Anti-migrant backlash sees gains for far-right AfD in German state electionsA far-right party made strong gains in a pair of state elections in eastern Germany on Sunday, but mainstream opponents appeared set to salvage their position as the strongest parties in both regions,..
Buoyed by state votes, Germany's AfD takes aim at Merkel coalitionAn emboldened far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) warned Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition partners they could not carry on as before after luring many of their voters to come second in..
Germany elections: AfD surge in Saxony and BrandenburgBut the result may disappoint the AfD as the party hoped to win most of the vote in Brandenburg.
German regional elections project boost for AfD partyGerman regional elections project boost for AfD party
Far-right party surge in eastern German regions threatens Merkel's coalitionA surge in support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party before regional elections next month in two former communist eastern states threatens to wreck Chancellor Angela Merkel's..
Looking for an alternative: AfD soars in East Germany polls ahead of crucial regional electionsThe right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has received a groundswell of support in Eastern Germany, leading in polls just weeks before regional elections in three states. Support for major..
German far-right party ahead in east before regional votesThe far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has taken the lead in the east of the country ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), just a month before regional elections..
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