Much has been made of the losses that Angela Merkels centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered at the hands of the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in local elections on 13 March; a poll billed as a referendum on the German chancellors open door policy on Syrian refugees.The election results in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate were by no means positive for the chancellor. The AfD, the Green Party and the Social Democrats (SPD) all increased their share of the vote at the CDUs expense. But they were not so bad that, as some suggested, Merkels position as leader was under threat. Indeed, two of the winners — the Greens and the SPD — back Merkels refugees policy.
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