Exit polls showed a defeat for Merkel associates in its “home” region

In the regional elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the ruling party of Angela Merkel’s Christian democratic Union (CDU) loses, occupying only the third place. About it with reference to the results of the exit polls, writes Bi-bi-si.

First, according to exit-floors, with a score of 30.5% is the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD), second left formed just three years ago the party “Alternative for Germany” (21%). For Merkel’s party voted only 19% of voters.

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is home to about 1.6 million people, however, regional elections are seen as a key test ahead of parliamentary elections in 2017.

According to observers, the election results in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern can influence the decision of Angela Merkel to go for a fourth term in the General election in 2017.

Bi-bi-si said that the main issue influencing the voters ‘ choice, was the migration policy of the Cabinet Merkel and the growing anti-Islamic sentiments in German society.

In March 2016, the ruling CDU lost the election in two of the three Federal lands. The only region which managed to retain associates Merkel — Saxony-Anhalt, but there is support for the CDU has dropped compared to the elections in 2011, from 33 to 30%. In Rhineland-Palatinate, the CDU lost to the social Democrats in Baden-württemberg, Merkel’s party failed in the election, receiving 27% vs. 39% five years earlier. The victory there was won by the Green party, whose representative Winfried Kretschmann for five years headed the state government.

Elections in March demonstrated a breakthrough in regional parliaments eurosceptic party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD). In depressed Saxony-Anhalt, five years gave second place to former Communists from the party “Left”, AfD immediately got a quarter of the vote and finished second. In the Western States support the AfD was about 15%.

In the midst of a migration crisis, Merkel led an active policy of accepting refugees from war-torn Syria and other Middle East countries. In 2015 Germany has become a leader in the European Union in the number of arrivals in a country of migrants: according to the authorities, for the half year arrived in the country more than 1.1 million people. In February 2016, the government reported that the influx of migrants in Germany by 2020 may reach 3.6 million, or an average of 0.5 million people per year.

Before the parliamentary elections in autumn 2017 regional elections should be held in five Federal länder.