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.
For many Germans, Frauke Petry is the face of right-wing populism in the country. But she announced on Wednesday that she's not interested in being her party's nominal chancellor candidate in September's election.