The anti immigration Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) took 20 seats in today’s Berlin state election or 11,7 % (5th place) of the vote from zero in 2011. The AfD is now in the parliaments of Saxony, Brandenburg, Thuringia, Hamburg, Bremen, Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin. Some polls had them taking up to 15%.
While the SPD retained the top spot with 23% (-5%} and its coalition partner, Merkel’s CDU, 2nd with 18% (-5%) they lost the majority held in 2011.The Greens lost over a percent to finish 3rd at 16.4% while the left in 4th climbed 4% to 15.7%.
Yet more mess for Merkel and another shot across the bows that her popularity is waning and policies of misguided altruism are not what a growing number of voters are expecting.