In Berlin, supporters of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AFD) gathered for a demonstration they called 'A Future for Germany.' They showed up in the thousands – but counter-demonstrators were out in even greater numbers.
Here's a look at Germany's political parties, who they are and what they want.
AfD politicians hope to use the group to combat the far-right party's xenophobic image ahead of key elections. The message is that all are welcome — so long as you agree to "an end to illegal mass immigration."
The far-right Alternative for Germany may be unravelling at the edges after a disgruntled member struck off on his own. That's bad news for the populists ahead of key elections, says DW political analyst Jefferson Chase.
Alexander Gauland is one of two leaders of the far-right, nationalist AfD party - and he's known for his controversial, headline-grabbing statements.
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