Protesters chanting 'Nazis out' confront AfD party

Protesters chanting 'Nazis out' confront AfD party”

After winning 12.6% of the vote, the nationalist party will be the first hard-right, openly anti-immigration party to enter the German parliament since World War Two, with almost 94 seats.

The co-leader of the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) has left the party less than 24 hours after its shock third-place result in the country's election.

Anti-AfD protesters gathered outside the AfD's post-election party.

In a victory address following initial results that saw her returned for a fourth term as Chancellor, Ms Merkel spoke of "illicit migration" and "internal security" - two areas the AfD has made inroads. We will hunt Mrs. Merkel or whomever.

She declined to answer further questions, including whether she would remain the AfD's co-leader, but said the public would hear from her in the coming days.

"The election results are shocking", said the 25-year-old in Berlin. This is a sad day for Germany especially if we look back at our history.

"A party that tolerates right-wing extremist thinking in its ranks and incites hatred against minorities.will now be represented in parliament and almost all state legislatures", the group's president Josef Schuster said in a statement.

Later, the crowd shouted as one, "The whole of Berlin hates the AfD". In the West, it scored about 11%, the projections said. All established parties refuse to work with the AfD. "This is a catastrophe".

Electoral shifts could allow Mrs Merkel to form a government with the pro-business liberal Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

How did the AfD become Germany's third largest party?

The party's 2017 manifesto read "Islam does not belong to Germany" while insisting Muslims are "a big danger for our state, our society and our system of values".

This is the moment Petry announces her decision and the surprised reaction from the party's press officer. The party denies its views are racist or that it holds any sympathy for Nazism, instead presenting its attacks on multiculturalism and Islam as merely wanting to preserve national identity and culture.

The party with far-right nationalist views was founded in 2013 and holds an anti-immigration stance. Exit polls showed that a large part of the AfD's support came from eastern Germany where the economy has lagged behind the rest of the country, while the party's support skewed heavily towards men.

The AfD was the only one to actively campaign against same-sex marriage before the parliamentary vote in June, calling on Germany to protect and preserve the "traditional" family.

AfD leaders always draw fierce criticisms with their radical remarks that often cross the bottom lines of German politics. After a fierce battle within the party, he was expelled, Reuters reported.

"We don't want to do this, at all!" said Alexander Gauland, now a top candidate for the party, at a speech in 2016.

Reiterating his opposition to double nationality, Gauland took aim at ethnic Turks in Germany, saying he had "little understanding" for those who have German citizenship but who still voted in favour of a referendum in Turkey to increase President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

But despite an impressive showing in the 2013 election - winning 4.7 per cent of the vote - the AfD failed to gain the five per cent needed to enter the German parliament.

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