The Alternative for Germany (AfD), which rails against immigration and Islam, is set to become the country's first hard-right nationalist party to clear the five-percent hurdle and enter parliament in the post-war era.

Close to France's National Front and the UK Independence Party, the AfD is an anti-establishment party that harnesses xenophobia and popular discontent about what it labels unaccountable political and media elites.

The AfD is dominated by white men, is strongest in Germany's poorer ex-communist east, and has flirted with far-right groups, breaking a taboo in post-Holocaust Germany.

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