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Are Merkel’s “open arms” really the problem?

She has been hit in three Länder so far in Germany's regional elections—why?

By Uta Staiger  

In many respects, the results of yesterday’s regional elections in three German Länder—Saxony-Anhalt in the East, Rhineland-Palatinate in the West, and Baden-Württemberg in the South—make for grim reading. As national and international headlines were quick to highlight, the rise of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has been stunning and dismaying in equal measure. Overnight, it not only became the second or third strongest force in three state parliaments where it had thus far no representation at all; in Saxony-Anhalt, it gained nearly…

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