Leadership wrangle inside AfD conference, major protests outside

Delegates at a barricaded congress in Cologne of Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party have rejected a motion from leader Frauke Petry. Outside the venue are thousands of anti-AfD protestors and large police squads.

Six hundred delegates of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party rejected a late agenda item from Petry, billed by her as a decision to offer voters pragmatic civic policies instead of nationalism tending toward far-right ideology.

Initially, it remained unclear whether the AfD would use its weekend conference to pick lead candidates for its campaign when Germany holds its federal election on September 24.

What the hell was Petry up to?

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