People attend the ‘No to Hate, Yes to Change’ pro-European demonstration, ahead of the EU election, in Berlin [Hannibal Hanschke/ Reuters]

Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest against right-wing populism and nationalism, days ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote.

The demonstrations on Sunday were held under the banner “One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice Against Nationalism” in cities including Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg.

“I am here because I don’t want to relive what a national-socialist party already did during my lifetime. That should never happen again,” said 74-year-old Renate Foigt, referring to the ideology of Nazi Germany.

“I hope more and more people take to the streets to say ‘Stop’.”

The DPA news agency reported

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