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European Jews Worried By Far-Right Victories In German Election

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Jewish Congress on Sunday expressed alarm at the far-right Alternative for Germany’s success in Germany’s parliamentary election and urged other parties not to form an alliance with the AfD.

Early projections gave the AfD 13.5 percent of the vote, allow it to enter the Bundestag for the first time, as Germany’s third-biggest party.

The far-right has not been represented there since the 1950s – a reflection of Germany’s efforts to distance itself from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.

“We trust that centrist parties in the Bundestag will ensure that the AfD has no representation in the coming governing coalition,” the EJC said.

“Some of the positions it has espoused during the election campaign display alarming levels of intolerance not seen in Germany for many decades and which are, of course, of great concerns to German and European Jews.”

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