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AfD party membership increased by 37 percent

AfD party membership increased by 37 percent

Alice Weidel, co-chair of the AfD parliamentary group. Since June 2022, she has also been her party's federal spokesperson along with Shrubala.Image: Cornerstone

January 2, 2024 at 1:36 pmJanuary 2, 2024, 1:50 p.m

The number of AfD members rose sharply. The AfD announced on Tuesday that its number of seats currently stands at 40,131, some 37 percent higher than at the end of 2022. A year ago, the right-wing populist party had 29,296 members. All other parties represented in the Bundestag had significantly more members at that time.

Opinion polls indicate that up to 23% of Germans would vote for the Alternative for Germany party if federal elections were held on Sunday. This would make it the second most powerful force behind the CDU/CSU for the first time. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution classifies the AfD as a suspected far-right extremist party. The party's regional federations in the eastern German states of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt have already been classified as far-right.

The AfD was founded in 2013, and has since moved to the far right. It is especially strong in eastern Germany. According to current polls in Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg, it may become the strongest party in the state elections in September 2024. (yam/sda/dba)

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