Splin­ters emerge in Ger­man far-right


FRAC­TURES BROKE out in the far­right AfD (Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many) this week, just days after be­com­ing the coun­try’s third largest po­lit­i­cal party in a record elec­tion show­ing.

Co-leader Frauke Petry and her hus­band Mar­cus Pret­zell, a high-rank­ing re­gional leader, con­firmed they were leav­ing the party, ac­cus­ing it of be­ing “an­ar­chic” and un­fit to form a fu­ture Ger­man gov­ern­ment.

The AfD won 94 seats in the fed­eral par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing Ms Petry’s, with 12.6% of the vote.

But Ms Petry stunned col­leagues on Mon­day by dra­mat­i­cally walk­ing out of a party press con­fer­ence held to cel­e­brate the elec­tion re­sult.

“It’s clear that this step is com­ing,” she told Ger­man news agency DPA when asked if she was leav­ing the party.

She later told Die Welt: “My de­ci­sion is based ex­clu­sively on my not very op­ti­mistic view of how the AfD is likely to de­velop.”

Hours later, four AfD MPs in the Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern re­gional par­lia­ment also re­signed. Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel won a fourth suc­ces­sive term in Sun­day’s elec­tion, but will have to as­sem­ble a much less sta­ble gov­ern­ment after the So­cial Democrats, her for­mer part­ners, said they would re­turn to op­po­si­tion and not res­ur­rect a grand coali­tion with her. Ms Merkel’s coali­tion is likely to in­clude the Green Party and the busi­ness-friendly Free Democrats.

Out: co-leader Frauke Petry

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