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.
In a move unprecedented in modern German history, lawmakers on Wednesday stripped a far-right politician from his role as a parliamentary committee chair. He had made comments widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
Are parts of Merkel's conservatives softening to the far-right AfD? A group of CDU politicians in Thuringia has called the party line into question, prompting sharp criticism from party brass and Jewish leaders.
The former head of the far-right AfD, Frauke Petry, has announced her Blue Party will dissolve. The new party failed to capture conservative and right-wing votes in two state elections.
The eastern German state of Thuringia goes to the polls on Sunday with the socialist Left party in a tight race with conservatives and the far-right. The result could look bad for Angela Merkel as her term ends.
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