People react as they wait for an open air "anti-racism concert" in Chemnitz, Germany, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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German authorities announced efforts Monday to tighten their surveillance of the far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD, amid growing concern that it is closing ranks with extremist groups.Those fears were heightened over the past week, when AfD activists marched alongside leading figures of the anti-migrant group PEGIDA and members of Germany's militant neo-Nazi scene in the eastern city of Chemnitz following a killing blamed on refugees.Andreas Kalbitz, a member of its national leadership, accused other parties of panicking in the face of AfD's electoral success.AfD's rise since its founding five years ago has shaken Germany's establishment and called into question the country's post-World War II consensus that there's no place for far-right parties in the political mainstream.The party encouraged protests which drew thousands following the fatal stabbing of 35-year-old carpenter Daniel Hillig in Chemnitz on Aug. 26, some of which erupted into violence between far-right marchers and counter-protesters.
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