BERLIN—Germany’s upstart Alternative for Germany party on Sunday adopted a clear anti-Islam stance in a platform that lays the foundation for the populist party’s bid to win parliamentary seats in federal elections next year.
The manifesto adopted by members gathered in Stuttgart for a party conference states that “Islam is not a part of Germany” and rejects minarets and the Muslim call to prayer—the clearest move yet by the party to harness widespread concern in Europe’s largest country about steeply rising refugee numbers in recent years.
Founded in 2013, the AfD has surged in popularity amid the migrant crisis, benefiting from growing concerns among Germans over how the country will manage to integrate the more than one million migrants that arrived last year alone.
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The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) adopted a stance against Islam in their policy manifesto on Sunday, adding fuel to the controversy that has consistently surrounded the party.
“Islam is not part of Germany,” declared the new statement from the party, after the more moderate formulation to “stop Islamism but seek dialogue with Islam” was booed down by the 2,000 some party members in attendance at the two-day convention in the southern city of Stuttgart.
“Courage. Truth. Germany.” read the banners that decorated the hall at the predominantly male meeting. The populists’ new anti-Islam policy also called for a ban on minarets, the public call to prayer and headscarves in public schools.