Merkel suffers defeat to anti-migrant party

Bonn—German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under fresh fire over her open-door refugee policy Monday after her party suffered a humiliating defeat against an upstart anti-migrant populist party in her home state.
With her eyes on national elections next year, AfD co-chief Beatrix von Storch hailed the shock outcome as “the beginning of the end of the Merkel era”, while Bild daily labelled the result another “slap across the face” for the chancellor.
The AfD’s rise mirrors success enjoyed by other anti-immigration parties across Europe, with France’s Front National (FN) riding high in the polls and a far-right populist eyeing the presidency in Austria in elections on October 2.
Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won just 19 percent in its worst ever score in the ex-communist northeastern state, while the Social Democrats maintained top place with over 30 percent.—Agencies

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