Merkel party suffers first defeat by anti-immigration populists

The German Chancellor’s CDU was beaten into third place in state election

5th September, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel’s Christian Democrats took 19 per cent in the Baltic coast state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Sunday, while Alternative for Germany, or AfD, had about 22 per cent, according to ARD projections based on partial returns. The Social Democrats, who have governed the eastern state since 1998, won the election with an estimated 30.3 per cent, dropping Merkel’s party to third place in her political homeland.

“This result is bitter for everybody in our party,”...

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