Politicians across Germany's political spectrum condemned the the leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party after she was reported comparing societies including migrants to compost heaps.
Frauke Petry, whose party has made big regional gains this year and is expected to win federal parliamentary seats next year, made the comments in a speech in Stuttgart on Monday, according to the online edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Pouring scorn in the idea that migrants made societies more diverse, she said: "What should we make of the campaign 'Germany is Colorful'? A compost heap is colorful, too," according to the report.
No one at Petry's office was available to comment on the quotes or confirm she said them.