22 Jan 2024

Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 22 January 2024
The Brandenburg Gate

Postcards from Berlin Photo: Andrew Williams

More than 100,000 people took to the streets across Germany this week, in protest against the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, after it emerged that party members discussed mass deportation plans at a secret meeting of extremists.

And further protests as thousands of farmers on tractors blocked streets across Germany, to oppose the government's plan to remove agricultural diesel subsidies.

The government is struggling to recover from a budget crisis at the end of 2023, and is facing very low approval ratings.