Germany's anti-euro party makes breakthrough in state vote

Stanislaw Tillich, current State Premier of Saxony and top candidate of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, is pictured after regional elections in Saxony on August 31, 2014 in Dresden, eastern GermanyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives retained their grip on power in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday but now face opposition from a fledgling anti-euro party, which won its first seats in a regional assembly. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) won 39.4 percent of the vote in the regional parliament, according to provisional results, but the party needs a new coalition partner after its current allies crashed out. Marking its debut into a state assembly, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which backs the dissolution of the euro, exceeded pollsters’ predictions with 9.7 percent of the vote. The CDU has ruled in Saxony since Germany’s 1990 reunification.

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