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.
How do LGBT interests mesh with those of a party that opposes gay marriage and adoption for gay couples? DW spoke with two openly gay politicians about why they joined the AfD, and why one ultimately decided to leave.
In a written internal note, a school in Wuppertal, western Germany, has asked teachers to prohibit Muslim pupils from publicly praying. The note has sparked an online debate with the anti-Islam AfD praising the measure.
Germany's political parties targeted SPD candidate Martin Schulz during their annual, insult-rife Ash Wednesday rallies. Schulz fired back in a speech, calling out "ultra-nationalism" and Merkel's conservative union.
For the first time since Martin Schulz was named as the SPD's candidate for chancellor, the party has lost momentum in an opinion poll. The SPD has dropped one point, while support for the CDU and AfD held steady.