German eurosceptics go mainstream in threat to Merkel

German eurosceptics go mainstream in threat to Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Alternative for Germany (AfD) failed to make as big a splash in European elections last month as its eurosceptic counterparts in France and Britain. But that may be about to change.

Less than a month after the vote, the party formed last year by a group of renegade academics is on track to establish itself as a permanent force in German politics and a long-term headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU).

The admission last week of the AfD into British Prime Minister David Cameron’s conservative faction in the European Parliament has given the party a dose of credibilityand its leaders a boost in their drive to distance the AfD from the populist, anti-immigrant movements of France’s Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands.

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