- The turnout for the elections in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Sunday still moderate. This Doris Petersen Goes by the electoral commission informed. The parliamentary elections in the sparsely populated crimp region captivate the rest of the country normally totally, but the success of the populist anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) makes the ballot for many Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, exciting.
For the AfD it a scoop these state elections. The arrival of the AfD is expected most of the other parties cost a lot of votes. If the AfD Sunday with more votes than Merkel's CDU is in parliament, means that an embarrassment for Merkel. Its political base this state. The CDU is the second batch of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and reigns with the largest, the SPD led by Erwin Sellering. Merkel reigns in Berlin with the SPD.
Polls indicate that the AfD touts around 22 percent of voters, possibly slightly more than the CDU. The AfD insists on problems of refugees established in 2013. Despite the fact that in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern only 1.5 percent of the 1.6 million people refugees, refugee issues dominated as the election campaign elsewhere in the Federal Republic.
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The coalition government of the Social Democratic prime minister Sellering with the Christian Democrats led by Lorenz Caffier do according to polls, so do not count on rewarding voters reward economic policies. Sellingers SPD would significantly lose and fall back to 28 percent of the voters. According Sellingerveld is that refugees are the theme of these elections Merkel debt.