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>> Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the streets of Hanover in Northern Germany on Saturday, in an attempt to disrupt the anti-immigration party alternative for Germany's annual congress.>> No, no, no, no, no, no.>> Police and protesters scuffled near the venue, before a water cannon was used to disperse the crowds The disruption outside saw the meeting start an hour late.
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Members have gathered to pick the parties' new leaders. The AFD won 12.6% of the vote in Germany's general election in September, becoming the third largest group in parliament, and the first from the far-right to win the seats in the Bundestag since the 1950s. An anti-immigration platform is believed to have helped the AFD, after an influx of more than a million migrants since mid-2015 hurt both the major German parties in the election.
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It's also been a key issue in German coalition talks, with Chancellor Angela Merkel stating immigration was a major obstacle to her ability to strike a three way deal with potential partners. She's under intense pressure to break the political deadlock in Europe's biggest economy, and her conservative CDU Party has agreed to pursue a grand coalition with the social Democrats in order to do so.
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Mainstream parties fear that if a deal can't be reached, a new election would only add to the AFD's support.>>
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