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Germany: Anti-refugee AfD party make big gains in regional elections01:52

Germany: Anti-refugee AfD party make big gains in regional elections

Germany, Berlin
March 13, 2016 at 21:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Leaders of the anti-refugee Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party celebrated big gains in the regional elections, in Berlin, Sunday.

The party received enough votes to get into three state legislatures, securing 24.2 percent in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The results mean that the party will be the second largest after Angela Merkel's CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany), which won 30 percent.

AfD spokesperson Frauke Petry was cheered by supporters as the results came in. "It is the catastrophic policy of Chancellor Merkel which apparently has opened the eyes of the people. Only thanks to this it was possible to have double number in all states", she stated in a speech.

Petry went on to accuse the press of launching an "information campaign" against the party. "We already have potentially 30 percent. Imagine where this potential would be if we had had a reasonably differentiated and factual coverage", she concluded.

Germany: Anti-refugee AfD party make big gains in regional elections01:52
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Leaders of the anti-refugee Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party celebrated big gains in the regional elections, in Berlin, Sunday.

The party received enough votes to get into three state legislatures, securing 24.2 percent in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The results mean that the party will be the second largest after Angela Merkel's CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany), which won 30 percent.

AfD spokesperson Frauke Petry was cheered by supporters as the results came in. "It is the catastrophic policy of Chancellor Merkel which apparently has opened the eyes of the people. Only thanks to this it was possible to have double number in all states", she stated in a speech.

Petry went on to accuse the press of launching an "information campaign" against the party. "We already have potentially 30 percent. Imagine where this potential would be if we had had a reasonably differentiated and factual coverage", she concluded.