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German centre-right leader says he is willing to work with far-right AfD at local level

By Philip Oltermann

24 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. Friedrich Merz, the leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, says his party is open to cooperating with the Alternative für Deutschland. This has sparked protests within his own party and raised concerns about the boundary between conservatives and the far right.

The leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has said his party is willing to cooperate with the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) at a local political level, triggering cries of protest from his own party and raising concerns about the firewall between German conservatives and the far right.

In an interview with state broadcaster ZDF on Sunday, CDU leader Friedrich Merz categorically ruled out joining a coalition with the AfD at a national level but said such a taboo should not apply to local politics.

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