BELGRADE – Frauke Petry, leader of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has called for a ‘new Europe’ in the wake of the UK voting to leave the European Union, reports.

Writing on Twitter, Petry said that “the time is ripe for a new Europe.”

The AfD has long called for the end to the Euro as a single currency for the European project, and has also been sharply critical of the European Union’s immigration policies which it sees as too generous.

Several German media outlets were expressing fears on Friday morning that the Brexit vote will lead to contagion, and that populist far-right parties would win support for their plans for the disintegration of the EU on the back of it.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung asks if the Czech Republic and Netherlands will be next to have referendums on their membership of the EU.

The Munich daily points out that Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Party for Freedom, has already called for the Netherlands to have their own vote.