More than 50,000 demonstrators are expected to descend on Cologne to protest against the politics of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as the party holds one of the most important conferences in its four-year history.
The AfD, known for its populist, anti-immigration stance, is hoping to enter parliament for the first time in Germany's general election on 24 September.
About 4,000 police officers have been deployed to avert clashes on the city's streets between anti-AfD protesters and party supporters. About 600 AfD delegates are expected to attend the conference.
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