Frauke Petry ‘drops bomb’ on rightwing nationalist party members by announcing she will instead serve as independent MP

The rightwing nationalist Alternative für Deutschland, in celebratory mode after winning the third place in Germany’s elections, was delivered a bombshell by its leader this morning, after she announced she would not sit with the party in the Bundestag.

Frauke Petry walked out of a press conference at which the party leadership marvelled at its success, having secured 13% of the vote and 88 seats in the federal parliament.

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