Anti-euro party celebrates gains in eastern Germany

Bernd Lucke (C), leader of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) and Alexander Gauland, the party's top candidate in Brandenburg celebrate after the results of the exit polls are announced on September 14, 2014Germany’s fledgling anti-euro party celebrated election gains in two eastern states Sunday, in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. “We are the force that’s renewing the political landscape,” said a jubilant Bernd Lucke, leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which wants Europe’s biggest economy to scrap the euro and return to the Deutschmark currency. His nascent party, which was only formed early last year, won 10.6 percent of the vote in Thuringia state and 12.2 percent in Brandenburg, according to provisional results. The results came two weeks after the AfD also entered parliament in the eastern state of Saxony with almost 10 percent support.

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