Na­tion­al­ists cam­paign

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Mem­bers of the na­tion­al­ist Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many party have backed a po­lit­i­cal pro­gramme that says Is­lam doesn’t be­long to Ger­many and sup­ports a ban against minarets, muezzin calls and head­scarves for women and girls in school. The party, also known by its acronyms AfD, has been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence as it cam­paigns on an anti-Is­lam plat­form. It was hold­ing a con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has re­peat­edly said Is­lam does be­long to Ger­many and re­li­gious free­dom is also part of the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion. An es­ti­mated 16 mil­lion peo­ple - 20 per cent of Ger­many’s pop­u­la­tion - have an im­mi­grant back­ground with a ma­jor­ity com­ing from Mus­lim coun­tries such as Turkey, Le­banon or Morocco. Ger­many also saw over 1 mil­lion asy­lum-seek­ers en­ter last year, many from Syria.

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