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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

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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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