Far-right party gains momentum in Germany – becoming 2nd most popular

The ultra-right, anti-immigrant party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) has for the first time outstripped the popularity of the Social Democrats and became the second strongest party in the country, according to a survey reported by Bild.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats agreed on an official coalition deal on February 7.
Merkel is betting on a coalition with the Social Democrats to extend her powers for a fourth term after her initial attempts to form a coalition with two smaller parties failed in November. (Note that nobody criticises Merkel for “being in power too long” as it happens in Russia.)
Some members of the SPD fear that the new “great coalition” will lead to the fact that the main opposition party in the country will be the extremely right-wing party “Alternative for Germany.”
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