Former head of Alternative for Germany on trial for perjury
BERLIN (AP) — The former head of far-right Alternative for Germany party has appeared in court on charges of perjury.
Frauke Petry appeared Monday before the regional court in Dresden to defend herself against accusations that she made false statements to parliament while under oath.
Petry has previously acknowledged making erroneous statements about the nature of loans that members made to the party during an election campaign, but denied doing so intentionally.
Leading German nationalist quits party over rightward drift
BERLIN (AP) — A high-ranking member of Alternative for Germany says he is quitting the party because of its drift toward the far right.
Steffen Koeniger, a lawmaker in the eastern state of Brandenburg who was on the party's national executive, told reporters Thursday that moderates "have finally lost the battle against destructive forces within the party."
BERLIN (AP) — A regional branch of the nationalist Alternative for Germany says a party tribunal has rejected a call for the expulsion of a prominent member who suggested the country end its tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.
Rising German nationalist party elects leaders amid protests
BERLIN (AP) — Members of a rising nationalist party in Germany elected their leadership Saturday at a convention in the city of Hannover that was overshadowed by protests.
Joerg Meuthen was re-elected as chairman at the first full party congress since the Alternative for Germany, known as AfD, won seats in the national parliament for the first time.
Alexander Gauland, one of the party's parliamentary leaders and a power within AfD, was elected as co-chair.
Nationalist party in Germany to hold leadership election
BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist party in Germany that won seats in parliament for the first time this year has a leadership race this weekend to fill a void created when its best-known figure abruptly quit.
Alternative for Germany co-chair Frauke Petry quit the party, known as AfD, in September, accusing it of flirting with far-right extremism.
Anti-migrant German party weakened on eve of key state vote
BERLIN (AP) — Three weeks after sweeping into Germany's national parliament for the first time, an anti-immigration party is poised for a weaker result in a state election scheduled for Sunday.
Alternative for Germany received almost 13 percent of the vote in the Sept. 24 federal election, making it the third-strongest party in the Bundestag.
German nationalist lawmaker Petry indicted in perjury probe
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany's eastern state of Saxony have formally indicted prominent nationalist leader Frauke Petry in connection with a perjury probe.
The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that Dresden prosecutors accuse Petry of lying under oath when she testified before Saxony's regional assembly in November 2015 about loans to the right-wing Alternative for Germany party.
Prominent German nationalist figure Petry to leave party
BERLIN (AP) — One of the most prominent figures in the nationalist Alternative for Germany said Tuesday she plans to leave the party, even as other lawmakers from the anti-migrant party held their first meeting after a strong showing at the polls.
The announcement from Frauke Petry, the party's co-chairwoman since 2015, came after Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won 12.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's election to secure seats in the national parliament for the first time.
German nationalist leader Frauke Petry could lose immunity
BERLIN (AP) — German nationalist leader Frauke Petry could face prosecution over allegations she lied under oath, after a parliamentary panel in the eastern state of Saxony recommended Thursday that her immunity should be lifted.
Petry's Alternative for Germany party has campaigned heavily against immigration and is expected to enter the federal parliament for the first time in next month's German elections.
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors want a German nationalist party leader's immunity lifted so they can pursue an investigation of allegations that she lied under oath.
News agency dpa reported that Ivo Klatte, a spokesman for the state legislature in the eastern Saxony region, said Monday the request for Frauke Petry's immunity to be lifted was made last week. He said a decision isn't expected before the end of August.
BERLIN (AP) — A new German party founded by the man who once dominated the nationalist Alternative for Germany has decided against running candidates in the national election after failing to make an impact with voters.
The Liberal-Conservative Reformers party emerged from the split in 2015 of Alternative for Germany, or AfD, after Frauke Petry beat Bernd Lucke to take the latter's leadership.
German nationalists elect top duo for general election
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's nationalist party Alternative for Germany on Sunday elected two new top candidates for the September general election after the party's best-known politician, Frauke Petry, said last week she would no longer be available.
Members of the far-right party, known by its acronym AfD, elected Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel at their weekend party convention in Cologne.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Divisions among German nationalists erupted Saturday as delegates from the far-right Alternative for Germany party rejected an appeal by one of their leaders to seek a pragmatic political path instead of turning into a "fundamental opposition" party.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's best-known nationalist politician said Wednesday that she won't be her party's top candidate in the September general election, a decision that appears to reflect a growing split among its leading figures.
Frauke Petry became co-leader of the four-year-old Alternative for Germany, known by its acronym AfD, in 2015. She ousted fellow founder Bernd Lucke, an economics professor, shifting the party's focus from economic issues to immigration and Islam.
German nationalist party mired in controversy
BERLIN (AP) — The nationalist Alternative for Germany party has been battered by a series of scandals since its founding four years ago.
Here are five controversies that have affected the party's image in recent months:
Senior party member Bjoern Hoecke suggested it was time for Germans to make a "180-degree turn" when it comes to commemorating the country's wartime past.
German nationalist Petry met with Putin allies
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's most prominent nationalist politician held talks with Russian lawmakers over the weekend, including senior members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, her office said Monday.
Frauke Petry, the co-leader of Alternative for Germany, traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian capital's city administration to discuss "cooperation" with the legislative assemblies of Germany's 16 states, according to a statement.
German nationalists seek to oust member for Nazi past speech
BERLIN (AP) — A prominent member of a German nationalist party could face expulsion over a speech in which he suggested that the country end its tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.
Alternative for Germany said party leaders voted by the necessary two-thirds majority Monday to open expulsion proceedings against Bjoern Hoecke, who heads its branch in the eastern state of Thuringia.
European nationalists find common ground _ for now
BERLIN (AP) — They are the would-be Donald Trumps of Europe and they are coming together in a bid to gain influence in some of the continent's most powerful nations.
A day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, nationalist leaders from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy plan to spell out a vision for Europe that will echo many of Trump's talking points on immigration, Islam and relations with Russia.
The Latest: German nationalist AfD eyes 2017 federal vote
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Berlin state election (all times local):
The nationalist Alternative for Germany is setting its sights on next year's federal election and aiming for a double-digit result.
The party narrowly missed clearing the 5-percent threshold to enter the national Parliament in 2013.
Since then, the party has shifted rightward and campaigned heavily against immigration. On Sunday it entered its 10th state assembly, receiving 14.2 percent in the German capital.
Car used by German nationalist leader goes up in flames
BERLIN (AP) — A car used by one of the leading figures in Germany's nationalist movement has gone up flames overnight.
Police in the eastern city of Leipzig say they received a report in the early hours of Saturday that the vehicle was on fire.
The Alternative for Germany party said the car belonged to its co-chairwoman Frauke Petry.
The party, which has stoked anti-migrant sentiment in Germany, regularly claims that it is subjected to violence from far-left extremists.
German nationalist leader seeks renewed use of Nazi-era term
BERLIN (AP) — A leading member of Alternative for Germany, the nationalist party whose recent elections successes have shaken the country's political system, faced fierce criticism Monday after calling for a racially charged term favored during the Third Reich to be rehabilitated.
German nationalists revel in success, but future unclear
BERLIN (AP) — An upstart German nationalist party has gone from ousting its leader amid bitter infighting just over a year ago to reveling in newfound success.
The Alternative for Germany party's ratings were as low as 4 percent just 14 months ago. But the party has since tapped into anger over Chancellor Angela Merkel's migrant policies and become a thorn in the side of all of the country's established parties.