The AfD "Alternative for Germany" is a German euroskeptic party, which was founded in 2013. Nationwide, the AfD has under five percent of voter support, although it has broken into several regional parliaments.
The AfD's central argument is that the euro is a failed currency that threatens the European Union’s future by supporting impoverished countries and uncompetitive economies, which in turn burdens future generations. Led by Bernd Lücke, a former Christian Democrat and economist, and also now a member of the European Parliament, the AfD has been accused of appealing to right-wing extremist voters on issues such as immigration - a charge the party officials strongly reject. This is a collection of DW's latest content on the AfD party.
The AfD leadership has decided that regional leader Björn Höcke will be allowed to remain in the party. Höcke had prompted outrage after verbally attacking Germany's national Holocaust memorial and remembrance culture.
"These are Merkel's victims" - was one of the most shocking messages on Twitter after the Berlin attack. It came from the populist Party Alternative for Germany. If the suspected registered asylum seeker was responsible for the violence, the reality is that Chancellor Merkel may encounter problems. DW spoke to German political expert Heinz Schulte about possible consequences of the attack.