The emergence of an Islamist assassination plot targeting a leading far-right German politician should not push the country's mainstream political parties towards xenophobic populism, an expert on extremism told The Local on Thursday.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich recently argued that "taking the worries [about immigration] of the people seriously" was necessary in order to keep the far right out of the German parliament.

Yet the right-wing extremists have little chance of making a significant impression electorally - and this should relieve pressure on mainstream parties to follow them - Professor Hajo Funke from Berlin's Free University told The Local.

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