Far-right AfD deals setback to Merkel's CDU in German state vote

Far-right AfD deals setback to Merkel's CDU in German state voteThe far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) beat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives into third place in Sunday’s regional election in the eastern state of Thuringia, in which the incumbent far-left Linke came first, an exit poll showed. The result follows the AfD’s successes in the eastern states of Saxony and Brandenburg, where it surged into second place in Sept. 1 elections, and marks a setback from Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).



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