German Populists Surpass Merkel Party in Regional Elections

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By Chris Tomlinson | 28 October 2019

BREITBART — The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) relegated the Christian Democratic Union of German Chancellor Angela Merkel into third place as they saw a surge of support in the region of Thuringia.

The regional branch of the AfD in Thuringia, led by firebrand politician Björn Höcke, managed to score 23.4 per cent of the vote on Sunday, coming second to the far-left Die Linke, a descendant of the former East German (DDR) Communist Party who won 31 per cent, Deutsche Welle reports.

The result left the CDU of Chancellor Merkel in third place with 21.8 per cent of the vote, a big defeat for the German leader and her party who have previously been beaten by the AfD in other eastern regions like Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2016 and in Brandenburg in early 2019. […]

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