• Germany’s AfD adopts anti-Islam manifesto

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    STUTTGART, Germany: Germany’s right-wing populist AfD Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country’s third strongest party. Formed only three years ago on a Euroskeptic platform, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has gained strength as the loudest protest voice against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcome to refugees that brought in over one million asylum seekers last year. With the migrant influx sharply down in recent months, the AfD has shifted focus to the signature issue of the xenophobic Pegida street movement, whose full name is Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident. “Islam is not part of Germany” ran a headline in the AfD policy paper agreed in a vote by some 2,400 members at the party congress in the western city of Stuttgart. The paper demanded bans on minarets on mosques, the call to prayer, full-face veils for women and headscarves in schools.

    AFP

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