Alice Weidel said her party’s goal was to shape German policy and that she is inspired by Thatcher, who ‘built up’ Britain

Alice Weidel, a leader of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, has said the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is her political role model, saying Thatcher got Britain back on its feet when it was facing economic ruin.

Weidel told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag newspaper that her party, which stormed into parliament for the first time after capturing nearly 13% of the vote, aimed to be ready to join a coalition government by 2021.

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