According to projected results, the far-right has made major gains in two state elections in eastern Germany. Mainstream parties like the CDU and the SPD have managed to hold on for victory in Saxony and Brandenburg, respectively.
Last week's attack on a synagogue in Germany has left Germans warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Federal and state interior ministers meet Friday to decide on protective measures for Jewish premises.
The success of the AfD was a "double slap in the face" to Angela Merkel, but not the "earthquake everyone feared." DW rounds up the international reactions to the state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg.
Voters went to the polls in Saxony and Brandenburg, two states in Germany's former east. The far-right AfD has become the second biggest party in both regions.
Politicians and researchers accuse the Alternative for Germany of complicity in the recent synagogue attack, saying the party agitates via propaganda online and in parliament. The AfD vehemently rejects such accusations.
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