Voters who supported the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in elections in two eastern states have knowingly helped to put "right-wing extremists" in power
Thousands marched against hate and racism in the eastern German of city Dresden on Saturday, a week before state elections when far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday vowed to work with the Social Democrats for the "good of Germany" as the centre-left party agreed to join her new coalition.
Surveys suggest Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance has a double-digit lead over its nearest rivals, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz.
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election.
The co-leader of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) suffered an embarrassing defeat on Saturday when delegates refused to discuss her motion to shift the party into the "mainstream", putting it on course to turn further right.
Germany's rightwing populist AfD Monday moved to expel a state leader who argued the country should turn the page on its World War II guilt, exposing a deepening rift within the party.
A fierce internal critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she would resign from the centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, accusing Merkel of having harmed the country with her migration policy.
The leader of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has spoken out in favour of people arming themselves with guns and self-defence devices following a series of violent attacks last month.