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Germany's AfD: voice of fear, anger over refugee influx

The AfD was formed more than three years ago by economics professor Bernd Lucke as a eurosceptic fringe party, railing against expensive bailouts and urging a return to the DeutschmarkThe right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has railed against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy, ending a long-standing taboo against extremist parties in the country’s mainstream politics. Similar to France’s National Front and far-right politicians in Austria and the Netherlands, it has captured the protest vote with a xenophobic and anti-Islam platform and now polls around 14 percent nationwide. After early gains in Germany’s ex-communist east, it has won seats in a series of state elections, most recently in the capital Berlin Sunday, and will now be represented on the opposition benches of 10 of the country’s 16 state assemblies.

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