German chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party suffered another defeat in German regional elections on Sunday. This follows on the heels of CDU’s Humiliating 3rd Place Finish to AfD in State Elections.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party slumped in regional elections in Berlin as the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany extended its run of successes at the polls, taking about 12 percent in the latest signal of protest against the chancellor’s refugee policy.
Berlin’s Social Democrats, who have ruled the capital city for 15 years, including the last five in coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, took the most votes on Sunday with 23 percent, according to separate exit polls by broadcasters ARD and ZDF. The CDU came in second with 18 percent, while Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won seats in the city-state’s parliament for the first time.
The CDU’s defeat is the second straight electoral setback for Merkel’s party after finishing third behind the AfD for the first time in another state election two weeks ago.
The Greens and the anti-capitalist Left Party each took 16.5 percent, while the pro-business Free Democrats were poised to return to the Berlin city assembly with 6.5 percent, according to the exit polls.
The latest defeat means Merkel’s party may exit the government in Germany’s largest city. Berlin’s Social Democratic mayor, Michael Mueller, has said he’d prefer a coalition with the Greens, for which he’d also lack a majority if the results are confirmed. That raises the prospect of a three-way coalition between the SPD, Greens and Left Party.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock