A demonstrator holds a poster reading " make love, no AFD" during a protest against the party congress of Germany's right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Cologne, western Germany, on April 22, 2017. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Germany's right-wing populist AfD party will attempt to paper over festering rivalries at a weekend party congress to ensure it enters parliament for the first time in September's general election.Founded in 2013 on a eurosceptic platform, the AfD has railed against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let in more than one million asylum seekers to Germany since 2015 .But its fortunes have declined as the number of new arrivals has dwindled, and all of Germany's mainstream parties have ruled out working with it should it clear the five-percent hurdle to representation in the September 24 election. Opinion polls show the AfD at between seven and 11 percent, a steep drop from the 15 percent support it drew only late last year.The stated goal is to become Germany's ruling party by 2021 .
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