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Split exposed in German far-right as co-leader storms out

Split exposed in German far-right as co-leader storms out”

This is the moment Petry announces her decision and the surprised reaction from the party's press officer.

Explaining her walkout, Petry - who won a direct mandate in her constituency in the east German state of Saxony - said: "We should be open about the fact there there is conflict regarding content within the AfD, we should not pretend it doesn't exist". "An anarchical party, as witnessed in the past few weeks, can be in opposition, but cannot offer the voter a credible platform for government". Petry was considered a uniter and an AfD moderate but sparked the wrath of right-wing nationalists who sidelined opponents as they gained strength within the party. Chancellor Angela Merkel began coalition building with preliminary results showing her CDU/CSU group as the largest victor, but with its lead cut to 33.5%, the party's worst showing since 1949. "Let's make them ourselves", featuring a heavily pregnant white woman, to push its Islamophobic and anti-migrant campaign.

"I expect all our democratic forces to unveil the real face of the AfD and to expose the party's empty, populist promises", Schuster added, calling on mainstream parties to close ranks and kick the upstarts out in the next election.

Series of controversies seemed only to help Alternative for Germany take shock third place in election.

Petry said she was aiming to bring about a "conservative turning point" in parliament in 2021, the next time Germany is due to hold a national election.

She says that AfD's rhetoric - referring to "floods" of refugees, immigrants "streaming" into the country and a "tsunami" of foreigners - creates "intense images in people's minds", Wehling says, "a notion of threat, of immediate danger to the nation".

In France, far-right leader Marine Le Pen congratulated the AfD, tweeting: "Bravo to our AfD allies for this historic showing!"

The party founded in 2013 by a group of academics opposed to the euro has always been riven by infighting and commentators have predicted that its divisions could be amplified by its entry onto the national political stage. Commentators have predicted that its divisions could be amplified by its entry onto the national political stage.

But even Petry herself had openly criticised one of her party's two key candidates Alexander Gauland over his claim that Germany should be proud of its war veterans, saying that would lead voters to shun the party.



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