Power struggle rips open in Germany's eurosceptic AfD party

January 3, 2015 2:08 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A power struggle over the direction of upstart eurosceptic party Alternative for Germany (AfD) burst into the open on Saturday when a group of deputy leaders attacked its founder Bernd Lucke and his plans to take sole control of the party.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, concerned about the rise of a party that attracts far-right voters and siphons off some of its support, have been hoping the movement will self-destruct.

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