Germany's AfD party lurching further right as leader pulls out of election

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Philip Oltermann

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Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to lurch further to the right at its party conference this weekend after its last self-declared moderates conceded defeat to hardliners, and former members warned that regional branches were being "flooded by the far far right".

The AfD, which was launched in 2013 by a group of academics and liberal economists, used to emphatically reject the "rightwing populist" tag, insisting that its Euroscepticism was relatively mild and Germany needed immigration due to its demographic decline.

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