Member of the European Parliament Beatrix von Storch speaks at a press conference of the Germany's far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party in Berlin.
(photo credit: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/REUTERS)
THE SEPTEMBER 24 German election can be seen as part of the series of European elections serving as litmus tests for European sentiment on core issues: the future of the European Union, immigration, the rise of Islam and the character of Europe.Much of the attention throughout the German campaign centered on the rise of the far-right party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD). Established just five years ago as a Euroskeptic party, it has since evolved to garner messages that are similar to other European far-right parties: anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-EU and German nationalism.
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