The leader of Germany's anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party said on Thursday she sees parallels between US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and her own party.

Speaking to dpa, Frauke Petry described Trump as "refreshingly different" and that he represents a "new style" similar to the AfD.

The AfD party's double-digit success in German regional polls in March, only three years after it was founded, has underscored a lurch to the right in Europe amid sluggish economic growth, high unemployment and a mass influx of refugees into the region.

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