Berlin is set to vote on Sunday in Germany’s second regional elections in as many weeks and all signs are pointing to another blow for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Her so-called open door refugee policy has hit her and her Christian Democrat (CDU) party hard and at the same time boosted support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
A slump in support for the CDU could deepen a growing rift with its coalition partners, the centre left Social Democrats (SPD).
SPD politician and Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller is expected to retain his position.
“I remember when Pegida protests took place there was a strong resistance in Berlin and therefore I think that the results of the elections two weeks ago in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania mobilised people here (against the AfD – Alternative for Germany, right wing party),” he said. “They say we don’t want this in our city, we don’t tolerate it.”