Bjorn Hocke

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Leaving the stage: German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The Metzer Eck in central Berlin is one of those traditional German bars – lots of beer, sausages and bread designed to fill you up. Nothing fancy, no(...)

 People place flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial for the racist terror attacks in Hanau on Thursday. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Germany faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers after the suspect in one of its worst mass shoot(...)

People protest in front of the Erfurt cathedral after the Free Democratic Party  leader Thomas Kemmerich was voted Thuringia’s state premier with the help of votes from AfD. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay

A whiff of Weimar hangs over German politics. That was the growing consensus in Berlin’s corridors of power on Thursday as political parties struggled(...)

 A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Not my MP” during a protest in front of the state chancellery in Erfurt, Germany. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

So what’s going down in Germany? Nothing short of a political earthquake that has shattered a post-war taboo. On Wednesday, with no warning, a mainst(...)

Alice Weidel of Alternative für Deutschland is greeted by Alexander Gauland   in Berlin’s  Reichstag building   to mark National Mourning Day, on Sunday. She faces questions over donations for her Bundestag campaign last year. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Moderates in Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland have proposed a new codex to rein in politicians’ public remarks in a bid to avoid coming(...)

Georg Pazderski. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Moderates in the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) suffered a stinging defeat at its annual conference after their candidate failed(...)

Björn Höcke of the AfD: “People were already dissatisfied with a lack of freedom of thought and speech here, and politicians and media were afraid to speak the obvious.” Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Björn Höcke has had quite a year, successfully surfing Germany’s growing immigration wave as the most provocative politician in the hard-right Alterna(...)

Björn Höcke: saying he represents the true nationalist soul of the party, he first attracted national attention with a bizarre talk show appearance where he produced a German flag and placed it on the arm of his chair

Germany’s burgeoning Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party faces a growing dilemma by the name of Björn Höcke. This year the party shafted its eco(...)