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Germany's Afd Party Advances In State Polls - Nasdaq.com

visite site But the state elections also helped the pro-business Free Democrats to stay in the state parliament, delivering a rare victory and a comeback to Ms. Merkel's previous coalition partner, which http://carmeloxzlu.cowblog.fr has lost a string of state elections since it failed to get representation in the national parliament in 2013. The regional elections in Hamburg are usually not important for national politics, but this time the performance of the two smallest parties is expected to have an impact on national politics, analysts said. "The AfD had to show that it's capable of attracting voters in the west and doesn't remain an eastern German protest party. The Hamburg election has been a big success for the AfD," said Oskar Niedermayer, a political-science professor at Berlin'sFree University. "The Free Democrats are struggling to survive and they managed to set a clear signal Sunday that they are still an option." Last year, the populist AfD upstart party gained representation in three eastern German state parliament elections, winning around 10% of the votes in Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia. The party was founded in 2013 on a platform that opposes euro-zone bailouts and accuses Ms. Merkel of providing too much help for debt-ridden European countries. But over the past months, the AfD has focused more on anti-immigration and crime issues.
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