An Alternative for Germany (AfD) spokeswoman shocked TV viewers on Sunday night when she suggested that Chancellor Angela Merkel should "go into exile to Chile or South America" for fear of violent reprisals for her refugee policy.

Beatrix von Storch faced an immediate challenge from political talk show host Anne Will, who confronted her with one of her own Facebook posts blasting Merkel for "ruining our country like no one since 1945".

"I'm taking bets that Merkel will leave the country when she steps down – for security reasons," the post continued.

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