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'Islam-free' ads show face of AfD — Germany's far right

'Islam-free' ads show face of AfD â€" Germany's far right Peter Conradi, Nuremberg September 16 2018, 12:01am, The Sunday T...

'Islam-free' ads show face of AfD â€" Germany's far right

Peter Conradi, Nuremberg

The Sunday Times

Far-right demonstrators hurl abuse in Chemnitz, scene of an anti-immigrant riot last month at which neo-Nazis marched alongside supporters of the AfD. The party aims to take a large slice of the vote in Bavaria
Far-right demonstrators hurl abuse in Chemnitz, scene of an anti-immigrant riot last month at which neo-Nazis marched alongside supporters of the AfD. The party aims to take a large slice of the vote in BavariaJAN WOITAS

A smiling girl in a checked dress, right arm raised, leads a group of light-skinned teenagers running joyfully down a school corridor. Underneath is the slogan: “Islam-free schools!”

Condemned as a “very dangerous” allusion to Nazism, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party’s poster has raised the already heated political temperature as a crucial election in Bavaria looms.

The AfD’s leader, Alexander Gauland, used an angry debate in the German parliament last week to accuse the chancellor, Angela Merkel, of dividing the nation with her immigration policy. An uncharacteristically emotional Merkel hit back, saying there was “no excuse for rabble-rousing”. Martin Schulz, the former leader of the Social Democrats, consigned Gauland to “the dung heap of German history”.

Merkel: AfD politicians have ‘no excuse for rabble rousing’
Merkel: AfD politicians have ‘no excuse for rabble rousing’REUTERS

The clash â€" two weeks after AfD members marched…

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