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.
Hundreds of mostly young, far-right activists marched through Berlin promoting "Europe for Europeans." The group calls itself an "Identitäre Bewegung," identitarian movement, which associates with other far-right and xenophobic groups in Germany and Europe.
The election result in North Rhine-Westphalia has confirmed the trend on the federal level: Chancellor Angela Merkel is a big step closer to a fourth term. Her SPD opponent Martin Schulz has been considerably weakened.
Germany is at it again: The never-ending debate on what makes the country typically German is a hot topic once more. Other countries, however, are also in search of their cultural identities, like Denmark and Australia.