MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, speaking at a meeting in Dresden, Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann announced plans to found a political party on the basis of the current movement and said that the new party would not seek to overshadow the AfD nor would it support it in the 2017 general elections.
“First of all: AfD does not seek a formal cooperation with Pegida. And certainly not with some of their branches in other cities, such as Bärgida [Berlin Patriots Against The Islamification of the West],” Ronald Glaser said.
"It probably would be better for both sides, if they [Pegida] stayed what they are: an important movement in Dresden," he added.
Following the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Germany, after more than a million refugees arrived in the country last year, AfD considerably approved its national ratings. Now the party enjoys more than 10 percent national support and is represented in half of the 16 local parliaments.
Meanwhile Pegida, which last year gathered up to 20,000 protesters at its weekly rallies in Dresden, now has witnessed the number of its supporters decrease as its leadership has been beset by scandals and pro-immigration counter-demonstrations.