German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats Union (CDU) has fallen to third place in a state election behind the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, exit polls show. …
The election took place in Ms Merkel’s home state exactly a year after the Chancellor’s decision to open Germany’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and the discontent was palpable.
SPD won 30%, AfD 21%, then Merkel’s CDU 19%. The far-left “Left Party” won 12.5%, down from 18.4% five years ago, and the Greens got 5%, down from 8.7%.
If the national election were held next week, the AfD would win 12 per cent of the vote, making it the third-largest party in Germany, according to a poll conducted by the Emnid institute for the Bild newspaper and published on Sunday.