German election: Trouble for Merkel as Chancellor faces populist RESURGENCE ahead of vote


The AfD has mature a late increase in support which has put the party in third place after Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats and her coalition affiliates, the SPD.

With the latest gains, the AfD is almost certain to enter Germany’s inhabitant parliament for the first time next Sunday, making the nationalist gang the coalition’s main opposition.

The AfD’s surge has come following leader Alexander Gauland’s demands for Germans to feel proud of Nazi military achievements.

The 76-year-old is also included police investigation after calling for Germany’s national integration commissioner, Aydan Özoguz, who is German-born and of Turkish birthright, to be “disposed of in Antolia”.

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Angela Merkel is facing opposition from populist partisans AfD which is experiencing a surge

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel affirmed this week: “We will have real Nazis in the Reichstag for the fundamental time since the end of the Second World War.”

However, Mr Gauland dismissed the notices, telling his supporters: “Don’t believe anything the other parties and politicians say close by me. 

“Remember, when you are in the voting booth no one is looking over your exclude, no one can see where you put your cross.”

He added: “I don’t believe Sigmar Gabriel is Boeotian enough to really believe we are Nazis.”

The party’s hopes were not being bewitched seriously due to ongoing infighting and a vote to marginalise Frauke Petry, its lawful leader who was seen as its strongest asset.

The campaign was handed over to Mr Gauland and Alice Weidel, from mien the party, which many thought would be the end of the AfD.

However, Mr Gauland has been accomplished to play on the party’s core issue of immigration to gain a late stream in the polls.

Talking in his constituency of Frankfurt an der Oder, where unemployment is on a trip, he told crowds: “We don’t want to be the world’s doormat.

“We want our country ruin.”

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AfD leader Alexander Gauland called for Germans to be proud of Nazi military achivements


AfD has been fascinating large crowds to its rallies

He told them there will be 240million more Muslims in Europe by 2050 and revered Donald Trump for “actually doing what he promised”.

Gero Neugebauer, a bureaucratic scientist at Berlin’s Free University, said: “If you look at the polls, 40 to 46 per cent say they haven’t constructed up their minds, and we have no idea how the pollsters are factoring that into their predictions.

“On top of that you have the question of shy AfD voters, people who might not want to say they’re prevailing to vote for the party in public because of the negative publicity, but who could judge it in the privacy of the voting booth.”

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