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article imageAnti-euro Alternative for Germany party officially launched

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 15, 2013 in Politics
Berlin - A new political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD) was launched in Berlin on April 14. The party's key manifesto is the "orderly dissolution of the euro currency zone."
AfD was created by economists and professors dissatisfied with the euro and promotes itself as "an alternative to the euro policies of Mrs. Merkel" DW reported.
The party was co-founded by economics professor Bernd Lucke and ex-journalist Konrad Adam. According to Der Spiegel Lucke said: "The euro is dividing Europe. No common currency is required to ensure Europe's peaceful unity."
Speaking at the party's Berlin launch, which attracted 1,500 delegates and has 7,000 applicants already, Lucke said:
"We want to put an end to the flagrant breach of democratic, legal and economic principles that we have seen in the past three years, because Chancellor Merkel’s government said there is no alternative....If the euro fails, then the policies of Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble fail."AfD will need to take five percent of the German vote in the Sept. 22 elections, to gain representation in the Bundestag. The EU Observer reported recent polls show 17 percent may support an anti-euro party.
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