Baden-Wuerttemberg Holds State Elections

Nils Schmid (L), top candidate of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), Winfried Kretschmann (C), incumbent governor of Baden-Wuerttemberg and member of the German Greens Party (Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen) and Guido Wolf, lead candidate for the German Christian Democrats (CDU) looks on during a press conference on election night following initial voting results of Baden-Wuerttenberg state election at Neues Schloss Stuttgart on March 13, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. State elections taking place today in three German states: Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Wuerttemberg, are a crucial test-case for German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel, who has come under increasing pressure over her liberal immigration policy towards migrants and refugees. The populist Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD), with campaign rhetoric aimed at Germans who are uneasy with so many newcomers, has solid polling numbers and will almost certainly win seats in all three state parliaments.
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