Breaking News Stories
These are news stories breaking after the publishing of this Word
– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
tension and backlash against Muslims in Europe
Germany AfD conference: party adopts
The German right-wing party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) has
adopted an explicitly anti-Islam policy.
Delegates at a party conference adopted a ban on minarets, the call to
prayer and the full-face veil, saying Islam was "not part of Germany".
A delegate who called for more local dialogue with Muslim groups was
The start of the conference in Stuttgart on Saturday was disrupted by
clashes and hundreds of left-wing protesters were detained.
Meanwhile, hackers published the addresses of more than 2,000 AfD
members on a left-wing website.
Germany jolted by right-wing poll success
Is Europe lurching to the far right?
Guide to Europe's nationalist parties
Formed three years ago, AfD achieved gains in three state elections in
March, after campaigning against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to
accept a million migrants in 2015.
Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and other established parties
have ruled out going into coalition with AfD.
AfD's other proposals include withdrawal from the euro and the
reintroduction of conscription, but there are splits within the party,
including between its less hardline wing and the leadership.
More on AfD
Founded in 2013 by Bernd Lucke, Alexander Gauland and Konrad Adam to
oppose German-backed bailouts for poorer southern European countries
Mr Lucke, seen as a moderate, wanted Germany out of the euro but his
colleagues were unhappy that he wanted to focus exclusively on
He quit the party in early July 2015, arguing it was becoming
Right-winger Frauke Petry replaced him as party leader
It became the first anti-euro party to win seats in a German regional
parliament, receiving almost 10% of the vote in the eastern German state
of Saxony in 2014, and went on to win seats in four other states'
parliaments in 2014 and 2015
The party had seven MEPs elected in the 2014 European elections
(including Mr Lucke), but only two remain party members
AfD was part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, like
the UK's Conservatives, but one of its two MEPs has recently been
expelled from the group over comments on shooting refugees
The rise of nationalism in Europe: See source for graphic: