Alexander Gauland says Germans ‘have the right’ to be proud of the achievements of nation’s soldiers in two world wars

Germans should be proud of what their soldiers achieved during the first and second world wars, the top candidate of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has said in the run-up to elections on 24 September at which the party is expected to enter parliament.

Opinion polls show the anti-immigrant AfD iwinning up to 12% of the vote, meaning it could become the third largest party in Germany’s lower house behind Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD).

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