By Tom Carson
On Twitter: Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform, wrote an interesting thread on EU reform and discussing the strain in Franco-German relations.
Dresden has declared a "Nazi emergency", saying it has a serious problem with the far-right. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has long been viewed as a bastion of the far-right and is the birthplace of the anti-Islam Pegida movement. In state elections in September, support for the AfD surged, up 17.8% from 2014 to finish on 27.5%.
A recent survey showed that CDU and CSU supporters prefer CSU leader Markus Söder and the former head of the Bundestag faction, Friedrich Merz, to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as chancellor candidate.
The former heads of die Grünen, Cem Özdemir and Claudia Roth, have faced death threats according to reports. This comes amidst warnings of rising right-wing extremism in Germany.