German politics polarises around refugee intake in state elections
Xenophobic Alternative for Germany party makes shock electoral gains
CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL has suffered set-backs at the hands of both pro and anti-refugee parties in elections for three German states.
Elections in Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Wurttemberg all registered a dramatic growth in support for the anti-refugee populist rightwing party Alternative for Germany (AfD). Saxony-Anhalt saw the biggest gains for the three year old party, which won 24 per cent of votes.