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Germany's populist AfD: From 'shoot the migrants' to race jibes

Populist party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) began life at the height of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis in 2013 on an anti-euro platform, but it has now firmly repositioned itself as a xenophobic group. After fears over a potential euro collapse waned, the party turned its anger against a million asylum-seekers who arrived in Germany last year. It has steadily gained popularity even though leading AfD members regularly sparked outrage over racist remarks — including one suggesting that a German team with fewer non-white players could have beaten France in the Euro 2016 semi-final.

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