Germany: Merkel’s Party Loses Power, Greens and Far-Right Party Gain

HeadlineOct 15, 2018

In Germany, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered losses in Bavarian regional elections Sunday that saw big gains for the Green Party, while the far-right AfD, or Alternative for Germany, party won enough votes to enter the state assembly for the first time. The election threatens Merkel’s 13-year hold on power as German voters increasingly polarize over whether to allow in refugees and asylum seekers. The Bavarian elections came as nearly a quarter-million people rallied in the German capital Berlin on Saturday, protesting against racism, xenophobia and the rise of the AfD party.

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