Angela Merkel's CDU 'suffers Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania poll blow'

Monday, 05 September 2016 - 10:05

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Partial results have shown, Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party has been beaten into 3rd place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state.

The Alternative fuer Deutschland party took about 21% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD's 30%.

The German chancellor's CDU was backed by only about 19% of those who voted.

The vote was seen as a key test before German parliamentary elections in 2017.