East Germany, the ultra-right in the sprint. But the AfD is the second party

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 11:21:40 +0200

The east wind pushes up the far right, but not enough to upset the German political picture. At least for now. In the regional vote in Brandenburg and Saxony, the AfD doubles in the first and even triples its votes in the second, but the declared objective of becoming the strongest party in both Land is missing. Even with a strong haemorrhage of votes, Chancellor Merkel's CDU remains in first place in Dresden and will continue to govern, although it will have to find a new ally instead of the Social Democrats. More serious is the defeat of the SPD, which in Saxony falls to a record low and in Potsdam is struggling to remain the first party, exceeding the AfD by a few points.