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Climate sceptic AfD now biggest party in East Germany

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The Times

The radical right-wing Alternative for Germany has emerged as the most popular party in the east of the country, overtaking Angela Merkel’s conservatives before finely balanced elections.

The AfD stands a good chance of winning the most seats in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony this autumn, which could hasten the end of Mrs Merkel’s chancellorship. The party’s poll ratings are stagnating in the low teens across Germany as a whole but it has turned the territory of the former communist East Germany into a stronghold and is likely to seize control of dozens of councils in local elections next month.

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