"We believe that we're very close to the 5 percent hurdle," AfD chairman Bernd Lucke said at a press conference in Berlin.
Even so, voter awareness that the party exists is "not yet satisfactory," he
"The concerns of citizens can clearly be felt," said Lucke, an economics professor at Hamburg University.
"This theme will be our main topic on the streets and town squares" as the party gears up for election day, he
Italian and Spanish government bonds were little changed today, a sign that investors may be willing to tolerate political unrest in Europe's most-indebted nations.
Portuguese 10-year bonds trimmed a three-day decline that was sparked partly by concern the country's government could collapse amid disagreement over austerity.
Southern European countries can't cope with the competitive pressure exerted by the euro and are suffering because they can't devalue the 17-nation single currency, Lucke
said May 16 in a Bloomberg Television interview.
Countries such as Spain, Greece and Cyprus should quit the common currency to return to economic health, he
While short of a comprehensive program, the party has created committees to fill gaps in its platform outside its main area of competence, Lucke
said today he
will compete in the federal election in all of Germany's 16 states, he
The party is also drawing up plans to overhaul Germany's dual health-insurance system, reorganize military procurement and review Germany's foreign military operations outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization area, Lucke