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When Losing is Winning in Germany for AfD

A migrant takes a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside a refugee camp near the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees after registration at Berlin's Spandau district, Germany Sept. 10, 2015. PHOTO: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

By Tom Luongo | 2 September 2019

GOLD GOATS ‘N GUNS — Germany held the first two of three important state elections over the weekend. And the results were striking. Leading up to the elections polls had the current opposition party in the Bundestag, Alternative for Germany (AfD), neck and neck with the ruling parties in both Saxony and Brandenburg.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition was battered by the results but not beaten. In Brandenburg, her partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), beat AfD by 5 points, 26.3% to 23.5%, while in Saxony Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) held onto 32% of the vote while AfD took 27.5%.

Both of these results represent more than a doubling of support for AfD in these states and bodes very well for a party that is was only formed in 2013. […]

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