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Germany's far-right party is gaining ground — we spoke to its leaders

Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, or AfD) is now represented in 10 out 16 state parliaments and is polling around 15 percent nationally.

by VICE News
Oct 25 2016, 7:42am

In Germany, a far-Right populist party has wrested itself from the political fringes into the mainstream. Following a recent series of regional elections, the Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, or AfD) is now represented in 10 out 16 state parliaments and is polling around 15 percent nationally. Its growth is seen as an indictment of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy — and sign of a broader rightward shift in German politics.

VICE News Correspondent Katie Engelhart travelled to Stuttgart, where she attended a large AfD party conference and spoke to AfD’s firebrand leader Frauke Petry about Trump-style populism, political correctness and allegations that AfD leaders are nurturing a climate of anti-immigrant hostility in Germany.