Anti-refugee parties push Germany's governing party into third place in state elelction

Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state, partial results have shown.

The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party took about 21% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD's 30%.

The German chancellor's CDU was backed by only about 19% of those who voted, according to the partial results.

The vote was seen as a key test before German parliamentary elections in 2017.

Before the vote in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, all of Germany's other parties ruled out forming a governing coalition with the AfD.

However, the party's strong showing could weaken Mrs Merkel ahead of the national elections next year.

'Rapefugee' message in Rostock as AfD challenges Merkel

Here is one of the posters from an anti-refugee party:
 NPD election poster, Schwerin, 15 Aug 16
The AfDis is also not happy about the EU.  Merkel will probably have a tough time in the next countrywide election.


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