Far-right seen gaining but not winning in 2 German states
BERLIN — A far-right party made strong gains in a pair of state elections in eastern Germany, but opponents from the political mainstream appeared on course to salvage their position as top vote-getters, election projections showed Sunday.
Voters in Saxony, a region of around 4.1 million people bordering Poland and the Czech Republic, and neighboring Brandenburg, which has 2.5 million inhabitants and surrounds Berlin, elected new state legislatures.
All eyes were on the performance of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, strongest in the ex-communist east, and on how badly governing parties would do after a rough 18 months for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition.
A symbolically important AfD win in either state could have further destabilized the national government.