Baden-Wuerttemberg Holds State Elections

(L-R) Candidates in Baden-Wuerttemberg state elections Hans-Ulrich Ruelke of FDP, Nils Schmid of SPD, Winfried Kretschmann of Die Gruenen, interviewer Gabriele Renz, Guido Wolf of CDU and Joerg Meuthel of AFD are seen during a press conference on election night following initial voting results of Baden-Wuerttemberg state election at Neues Schloss 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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