Exit polls in Germany’s regional elections suggest the anti-migrant AfD party has won enough support to enter all three state parliaments.
The Alternative for Germany party is predicted to come second in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt with 23 percent of the vote.
It’s given scores of 11 and 12 percent in the two other states, Rhineland and Baden-Württemberg.
The polls suggest Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats have lost in both of those two states.
The reported losses represent a worst-case scenario for the German Chancellor – who has stood by her decision last year to open the country’s doors to over a million refugees and migrants.
Even in Saxony where her conservatives remain the largest party, they’ve lost many votes to the AfD which was only formed three years ago.
Reaction to the result
Results in 3 German states vary, but one common denominator: anti-immigrant #AfD with double digits everywhere. A different Germany tonight.— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) March 13, 2016
Shocking that the UK Conservative Party of PM David Cameron has been allied to the AfD in the European Parliament https://t.co/B2KVaXO4UV— Angus Robertson (@AngusRobertson) March 13, 2016
In Germany today, the pro-refugee parties gained as much as, possibly more than, xenophobic protest movement did https://t.co/9rhGISNHXt— Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) March 13, 2016