Na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in the all-new Bun­destag to watch out for

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The Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many party will have 93 MPs in the new par­lia­ment – the first time a na­tion­al­ist party has won more than a hand­ful of seats since the war.

The AfD MPs will be hop­ing to stir up trou­ble for An­gela Merkel.

But the party is fac­ing prob­lems of its own in the form of Frauke Petry, the former AfD leader.

Alexan­der Gauland

Elected joint par­lia­men­tary leader after head­ing the AfD’s suc­cess­ful elec­tion cam­paign. He has called for Ger­mans to “re­claim their past”.

Alice Wei­del

The other joint par­lia­men­tary leader who headed the cam­paign with Mr Gauland, but was largely in­vis­i­ble. She said Ger­many was “over­run” by for­eign­ers.

Beatrix von Storch

The aristro­cat is one of the most high pro­file of the AfD’s new MPs. She claims Em­manuel Macron’s calls for EU re­form are an “at­tack on Ger­many’s sovereignty”.

Jens Maier

One of the most ex­treme fig­ures among the AfD’s new MPs, he left the SPD in the Eight­ies. He has de­scribed the “pro­duc­tion” of mixed race peo­ple as “un­bear­able”.

Frauke Petry

The former AfD leader, chief ar­chi­tect of its trans­for­ma­tion into a pop­ulist suc­cess with an anti-im­mi­grant agenda, quit the party the day after the elec­tion.

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