After the Alternative for Germany's resounding election success, co-leader Frauke Petry has announced she is leaving the party. The AfD will be the third largest party in the new German parliament after taking nearly 13 percent of the vote.
The Alternative for Germany party has introduced a bill aimed at permanently banning refugees from bringing their close relatives over from war-stricken countries. The move sparked a fiery debate in the Bundestag.
Beatrix von Storch, a leading figure in the Alternative for Germany party, is one of the first hit by new hate speech laws on social media. Critics say the legislation opens the way for censorship by internet companies.
The ex-AfD chief has made her first public outing as the leader of a new "movement" - the Blue Party. Frauke Petry's watered-down nationalism seemed to appeal to her audience in the eastern state of Saxony.
The NetzDG law has been in force since the New Year and has already sparked multiple controversies. Opposition parties across the political spectrum including the Free Democrats, Greens and Left say its time for change.
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