Far-right seen gain­ing but not win­ning in 2 Ger­man states

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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