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Germany's anti-migrant populists beat Merkel's party in local vote

Leif-Erik Holm (R), top candidate of the populists AfD and Lorenz Caffier, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union for Mecklenburg-Western Vorpommern attend a post-election TV debate on September 4, 2016 in Schwerin, north-eastern GermanyGermany’s anti-migrant populists made a strong showing at Sunday’s state polls, scoring ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party as voters punish the German leader over her liberal refugee policy. The xenophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) obtained around 22 percent in its first bid for seats in the regional parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Vorpommern, partial results show. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union garnered just under 20 percent in its worst ever score in the north-eastern state, while the Social Democrats maintained top place with around 30 percent.

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