About: Frauke Petry

Elections 26-09-2017

Cracks emerge in AfD as co-leader quits party after election success

Divisions emerged in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Monday, a day after it took third place in a national election, as its co-leader said she would not sit in parliament with AfD members.
Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.
Elections 08-05-2017

OSCE delays decision on monitoring German election

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will decide in July at the earliest if it will monitor Germany’s September elections, after the current government and the far-right AfD asked it to be involved. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 24-04-2017

Germany’s AfD picks election drive leaders, shift to right

The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday (23 April) chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election in a line-up likely to drag the group further right.
Elections 20-04-2017

Support for Germany’s Greens falls, hurting chances of leftist coalition

Support for Germany's opposition Greens has fallen to its lowest level in almost 15 years, a Forsa poll showed on Wednesday (19 April), dimming prospects for a left-leaning coalition snatching power from Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September election.
Elections 07-03-2017

AfD and National Front converge ahead of elections

The right-wing spiral of Germany’s anti-EU Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) has brought it shoulder to shoulder with France’s National Front (NF). The two parties see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including Russia. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 29-01-2017

Schulz bashes Trump in campaign to unseat Merkel as German chancellor

Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz slammed Donald Trump for planning to build a wall at the US-Mexico border and supporting torture during a speech today (29 January) after Social Democratic Party leaders endorsed him as their candidate to take on Angela Merkel.
Elections 27-01-2017

Normalising hate politics, a guide by the AfD

Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has risen in popularity but for certain branches of the movement parliamentary politics don’t actually matter, as they want to bring down the establishment, not join it, explains Paul Simon.
Future EU 23-01-2017

Far-right ‘counter-summit’ claims ‘Europe will wake up in 2017’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and "wake up" in 2017, at a meeting of far-right leaders aiming to oust established parties in elections this year.

Outrage over German populist’s call to end Nazi guilt

A leading member of German right-wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland sparked an outcry Wednesday (18 January) by criticising the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and calling for the country to stop atoning for its Nazi past.
Brexit 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 10-11-2016

Trump victory could rob German far-right of US bogeyman

The Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) hailed Donald Trump’s election victory at first, but the new president could rob the far-right party of one of its main bogeymen that it uses to drum up support: the United States itself. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 09-11-2016

Global flashpoints react to Trump victory

The world's current international hotspots - Iran, the Baltics, NATO and North Korea - reacted with deliberate caution on Wednesday (9 November) to Donald Trump's establishment-defying victory in the US presidential election.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

World Bank: Populism in US, Europe threatens emerging markets

The biggest threat to emerging markets growth in coming years could come from the rise of populism and isolationism in developed countries, a World Bank official said on Tuesday (18 October).
Elections 05-09-2016

Merkel beaten into third place in home state election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were beaten into third place by the anti-immigrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a north-eastern state election on Sunday, TV exit polls showed.

The AfD’s ‘perjury’ problem

Sometimes an accusation is all that’s required. Under investigation on Wednesday (25 May) for lying under oath to the Saxon state parliament, for Frauke Petry’s critics the allegation could not have been more apt. Suspected of covering up loans made to her Alternative fuer Deutschland party, the right-wing politician could face up to five years in prison for perjury.
Elections 06-05-2016

Oppermann: ‘Any decent German must condemn’ AfD’s stance on Islam

Thomas Oppermann, the SPD parliamentary group's chairman, spoke with EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel about the rise of right-wing populism, Germany's relationship with Turkey and his own party's performance.
Elections 28-04-2016

AfD readies for congress, banks on Islamophobia

Germany's right-wing populist AfD (Alternative for Germany) plans to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto at a weekend party congress, emboldened by the rise of European anti-migrant groups like Austria's Freedom Party.
Elections 15-03-2016

Germany’s AfD now stresses financial credentials and TTIP opposition

TTIP, taxes, monetary policy: After the three state elections, the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) is trying to get serious on financial issues. However, business leaders see their election success as a threat to Germany's reputation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germans debate responsibility for sexual assaults

About 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened or sexually molested at New Year celebrations outside Cologne's cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said yesterday (4 January), in events they have described as "a new dimension in crime".
Languages & Culture 09-09-2015

‘Asylum chaos’ denounced by Eurosceptic AFD party

The Alternative for Germany party (AFD) came in from the cold and announced its hardline attitude towards refugee policy. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

AfD co-founder pondering new Eurosceptic party

Bernd Lucke, a founder of Alternative for Germany (AfD) is considering creating a new party with his association Weckruf 2015, after a dramatic shift right in the party. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 22-01-2015

Berlin reacts to 2013 record immigration numbers

Germany’s latest immigration statistics show 1.23 million persons moved to Germany in 2013, a rate the country has not seen since 1993, causing Social Democrats and Greens to call for better regulation of immigration. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany’s right-wing populists join hands with anti-Islamist Pegida

After a joint meeting between representatives from the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the anti-Islamist Pegida movement, the two groups seem to have found common ground. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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