Europe

German nationalists pitch broad program ahead of election

  • From left, AfD co-chairman Joerg Meuthen, the member of the party board Albrecht Glaser and AfD chairwomen Frauke Petry, pose for the media prior to a press conference of the populist   'Alternative for Germany' party, AfD,  in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    From left, AfD co-chairman Joerg Meuthen, the member of the party board Albrecht Glaser and AfD chairwomen Frauke Petry, pose for the media prior to a press conference of the populist 'Alternative for Germany' party, AfD, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • AfD chairwomen Frauke Petry, center, attends a meeting with other members of the party's board prior to a press conference of the 'Alternative for Germany' party in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    AfD chairwomen Frauke Petry, center, attends a meeting with other members of the party's board prior to a press conference of the 'Alternative for Germany' party in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • AfD chairwomen Frauke Petry speaks during a press conference of the 'Alternative for Germany' party in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    AfD chairwomen Frauke Petry speaks during a press conference of the 'Alternative for Germany' party in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

Leading members of the Germany's nationalist party, Alternative for Germany, have presented a program designed to boost the party's support going into September's general election.

The draft presented Thursday, which needs to be approved by members next month, includes proposals for Germany to ditch the euro currency and sharply curtail immigration.

Both issues have become less prominent in Germany's public debate in recent months and the party, known by its acronym AfD, has likewise fallen in the polls.

Recent opinion surveys put the party's support around 11 percent, down from 16 percent last summer.

In a bid to regain votes, AfD leaders are proposing a broad program that also includes cutting taxes, more funding for families, improving health services and reducing noise pollution.