Angela Merkel’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), was humiliated by AfD and beaten back to third place in her home state:
“BERLIN — Voters in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political home state delivered her a stinging rebuke on Sunday, propelling a far-right party to second place in the state legislature, ahead of her center-right bloc.
It is the first time in an election in modern Germany that a far-right party has overtaken Ms. Merkel’s bloc of Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union.
Official results released early Monday showed that Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats had received 19 percent of the vote, against 21 percent for the far-right Alternative for Germany. The center-left Social Democrats, with whom Ms. Merkel governs nationally, got 31 percent in the state, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and are likely to continue their coalition there with Ms. Merkel’s bloc. …”
This is the first round of state elections in Germany before the national elections next year. There will be four more including Berlin which votes on September 18.
Note: Norbert Hofer is ahead in the polls and will likely win the Austrian presidency next month.