Greece under the spotlight, the future of the European Union and euro single currency has been in question more than ever before. Recent developments in Europe have increased the popularity of politicians advocating that their countries leave the Union, and more political factions have emerged.
The latest example of this is Germany’s second eurosceptic party which has been launched by Bernd Lucke, one of the founders of Germany’s first anti-EU party, Alternative for Germany (AfD).
The new party is called the “Alliance for Progress and Renewal” or ALFA, its abbreviation in German, and aims to oppose the German government’s provision of bailout funds to Greece and other eurozone countries. Additionally, according to the party’s new Deputy Chairman Bernd Koelmel, it will do more to integrate immigrants into society and boost citizens’ rights.
On his official Twitter account, Lucke said more than 5,000 people had already registered their interest on websites related to the party.
— Bernd Lucke (@BerndLucke) July 19, 2015
AfD, founded in 2013, won seven seats in the European Parliament in 2014. In Germany’s general elections in 2013, the party narrowly failed to pass the 5 percent threshold needed for representation in the German Bundestag. Complaining about increasingly xenophobic and Islamophobic attitudes in the party, Lucke quit the AfD in the beginning of July.