Protests broke out in several cities across Germany against the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany. The AfD became the first far-right party to enter parliament for at least six decades.
The Free Voters have scored a record number of votes in Sunday's Bavarian state election and are likely to become part of the government coalition. Here are some facts about the small conservative party.
As the polls open in Bavaria, voters are caught between tradition and change. For some the vote is a referendum on Angela Merkel's government, but for others it's a chance to protest the CSU.
In what some have described as a bellwether for German politics, millions of Bavarians are casting their votes in state elections. With the CSU expecting a poor performance, the poll could spell trouble for Merkel.
Support for the country's ruling parties is dwindling as the Green party and far-right AfD continue to surge. Some Germans are worried about the status quo, but many believe the changes are good for democracy.
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