An election poster of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AFD) party for the upcoming Rhineland-Palatinate federal state elections is pictured in the village of Lauterecken, Germany, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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German politicians from across the spectrum criticised the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) Monday after the party declared Islam incompatible with the constitution.Greens parliamentary party leader Katrin Goering-Eckardt described the AfD manifesto as "reactionary" and accused the party of dividing society with Islamophobia.Opinion polls give the AfD support of up to 14 percent, presenting a serious challenge to Merkel's conservatives and other established parties ahead of a 2017 federal election. They rule out any coalition with the AfD.Merkel has said freedom of religion for all is guaranteed by Germany's constitution and that Islam is a part of Germany.
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