Last month the AFD made big gains in two other regional elections in former communist east Germany.
The authorities had banned the protest which was against the exclusion of opposition candidates in local elections but thousands ignored it and defiantly took to the streets.
Quim Torres fell just two votes short - another vote on Monday will be the parliament's fifth attempt.
Sunday's triumph in North Rhine-Westphalia marked the third regional victory this year for Merkel's Christian Democrats, a strong sign that she has regained her popularity.
Exit polls say the German opposition SPD looks likely to lose power in North Rhine Westphalia, the party's stronghold, after a surge in support for Angela Merkel's CDU.
Germany's Social Democrats are neck and neck with the CDU in the left's heartland, North Rhine-Westphalia, in the state election, with just four months to go until the country votes.
A closely-watched election in the small, western state of Saarland has swung in favour of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In the world's biggest election of 2017 the 220 million people of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh go to the polls.
For insight into the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Germany, euronews spoke to Jean-Michel De Waele, Professor of Political Science at the Free University of…
Voters in three German regions go to the polls on Sunday with the right-wing, anti-immigrant party Alternative für Deutschland hoping to make
France’s National Front party failed to make a major breakthrough in the country’s regional elections. The party, led by Marine Le Pen, failed to win
Defeat for France’s far-right National Front party in three key target regions according to exit polls. Leader Marine Le Pen lost out to the
It is the run-off in regional elections in France with indications that the turn out is around 60 percent – an approximate 10 percent rise from the