Hours before a new rally in Dresden by the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement on Sunday, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the group's sentiments were harming the nation's image.

"At home we under-estimate the damage that PEGIDA's xenophobic and racist slogans and placards have already had," Steinmeier said in an interview with daily newspaper Bild, published shortly before the start of PEGIDA's 13th rally in Dresden since the movement was launched there October 20th.

"Whether we want it or not, the world is watching Germany with great attention," Steinmeier continued, saying that scrutiny makes "it all the more important that we say clearly and strongly that PEGIDA does not speak in Germany's name".

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