Weekend elections in the east German states of Brandenburg and Saxony saw the two mainstream parties do better than feared, but right-wing Alternative for Germany made strong gains, with 23.5 per cent and 27.8 per cent of the electorate in the states, respectively. Brandenburg was won by the SPD with 26.2 per cent and Saxony was won by the CDU (Angela Merkel’s party) with 32.3 per cent; both are the worst result for each party in these states since Unification, reports the Financial Times.
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