The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) adopted a stance against Islam in their policy manifesto on Sunday, adding fuel to the controversy that has consistently surrounded the party.
"Islam is not part of Germany," declared the new statement from the party, after the more moderate formulation to "stop Islamism but seek dialogue with Islam" was booed down by the 2,000 some party members in attendance at the two-day convention in the southern city of Stuttgart.
"Courage. Truth. Germany." read the banners that decorated the hall at the predominantly male meeting. The populists' new anti-Islam policy also called for a ban on minarets, the public call to prayer and headscarves in public schools.
The AfD also voted to include a position against the euro currency, the European Union as a political entity, the presence of nuclear weapons in Germany and deployment of German soldiers overseas in their manifesto.