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German far-right relishes its power as Merkel struggles

Alternative for Germany enters parliament for first time while chancellor is unable to assemble ruling majority

Mr Gauland (above) has played down rivalries within the AfD, seen most spectacularly in the resignation of former co-leader Frauke Petry just days after the general election, saying the AfD would focus on its platform rather than personnel.

Potsdam, Germany

THE far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party sees Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggle to form a new government as proof of its growing power to upend the country's political order, a top party official said.

Parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland said in

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