Merkel’s party defeated by far right-wing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern local elections

The far right-wing political party in Germany came in second place in the local elections in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, defeating Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is Merkel’s home state.
Merkel Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Alternative for Germany (AFD), the country’s far right-wing political party, came in second place in the local elections in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s home state. Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union, came in third.

The far right-wing party received 21% of the votes in the first round of the local elections, coming in second to the Social Democratic Party that received 30.6%.

Experts believe that due to the AFD’s growing popularity, it might be the first far right-party to enter the German Parliament since World War II. In the past, the AFD has called for police to shoot refugees who cross into the country illegally. In addition, the leader of the party stated that Islam does not belong in Germany and called for a ban against building mosques in the country.

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