Mired in a power struggle, Germany's right-wing AfD party has now picked two top candidates for the federal election in September. They could hardly be more different.
Björn Höcke will be allowed to remain a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, an arbitration tribunal has ruled. Höcke claimed last year that Germany was "crippled" by its "stupid" politics of remembrance.
The disenchanted Christian Democrat and the business-savvy political novice. How Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, respectively, became the far-right nationalist candidates in Germany's election.
Alice Weidel, leader of the far-right AfD, has claimed that Germany's official churches have become too politicized. Church leaders have said that being a Christian and an AfD member are incompatible.
Frauke Petry was key in pushing the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in a far-right direction and won a direct mandate in the German election. But her future with the party remains unclear after a series of public spats.
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