The CDU under new party chief Armin Laschet wins between 35 and 36 percent of the vote, exit polls show, with the anti-immigration AfD between 22.5 and 23.5 percent.
An administrative court in Cologne rules that spying on the far-right Alternative for Germany party, AfD, puts it at a disadvantage and amounts to interference with the democratic process.
In 2020 Germany saw more than 900 anti-Muslim attacks and 23,000 thousand far-right crimes, an increase from 2019.
Sunday's protests come a day after organisers failed to mobilise enough people for a planned human chain around Lake Constance in southern Konstanz city.
Annegert Kramp-Karrenbauer has given up her post as Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and is no longer seen as a favourite for Germany’s chancellorship after a political scandal in Thuringia.
Germany’s media outlets confess contribution to the rise of the AfD. The question is what they have gained from it and, their reports on Muslims, migrants and refugees.
The Alternative for Germany is using centuries-old imagery of Muslim men molesting European women to get votes for the upcoming parliamentary election.
How little-known German activists like Julia Hubner are taking on the AfD and countering the xenophobic campaigns of the far-right group.
Eurocentric populist parties may have failed to actually clinch a victory in national elections, but at the ballot boxes, 2017 has proven a bumper year for the region's far-right.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's party seeks decisive victory in North Rhine-Westphalia, a bellwether state, against centre-left Social Democratic Party, four months before the national elections.
Far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party members back election manifesto which calls for ban on Islamic symbols from German society.
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