German justice minister slams right-wing AfD


German federal justice minister Heiko Maas delivers remarks during a press conference at the Bertha von Suttner High School in Potsdam, Germany, 23 February 2016.

German justice minister slams right-wing AfD

Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a Social Democrat, has called for an in-depth debate into the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party instead of “demonising” it.

As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, the AfD has enjoyed a surge in support in recent months, with opinion polls suggesting that the party now holds up to 14% of public support nationwide. Their strong gains have coincided with the refugee crisis, as well as with renewed debate on Isl...

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