Far-right party gains momentum in Germany – becoming 2nd most popular

The ultra-right, anti-immigrant party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) has for the first time outstripped the popularity of the Social Democrats and became the second strongest party in the country, according to a survey reported by Bild.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats agreed on an official coalition deal on February 7.
Merkel is betting on a coalition with the Social Democrats to extend her powers for a fourth term after her initial attempts to form a coalition with two smaller parties failed in November. (Note that nobody criticises Merkel for “being in power too long” as it happens in Russia.)

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Some members of the SPD fear that the new “great coalition” will lead to the fact that the main opposition party in the country will be the extremely right-wing party “Alternative for Germany.”
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