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Merkel Wounded But Clings to Power After Right Makes Gains

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for Christian Democratic Union party's board meeting to discuss Sunday's state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg at the headquarters Monday in Berlin, Germany. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

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In results from two German state elections Sunday that were big news throughout Europe and across the ocean, the decidedly right-of-center Alternate for Germany (AfD) Party scored the biggest gains of its six-year history.

In placing a strong second in races for state parliaments in Saxony and Battenburg, the AfD demonstrated its hard-line message against illegal immigration sells.

Moreover, its showing was a clear sign voters are fed up with the nation's ruling coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"She is finished," Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the AfD and a member of the Bundestag (federal parliament) emailed Newsmax after the returns came in, "But it will nevertheless still take a while until she realizes this, accepts it, and leaves."

In near-final returns from Saxony, Merkel's CDU (conservative) Party placed first with 33.1% of the vote, followed by the AfD with 28.1%.

The outcome in Brandenburg was a narrow win (26.6% to 24.5%) for the SPD (Social Democrats) over the AfD.

The CDU and SPD are the two parties in the nation's ruling "grand coalition" led by Merkel.

"The AfD didn't reach its goal to become strongest party in both states, but the AfD is without doubt the big winner," Martin Klingst, senior political editor of the venerable German publication "Die Zeit," told Newsmax. "It doubled its votes in Brandenburg in comparison to the elections four years ago, and it tripled them in Saxony."

But, Klingst quickly added, "this probably means that the grand coalition won't fall apart and will continue to govern, and Merkel will stay for the moment. AKK [Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s heir apparent] will gain some time to prove that she can lead the party."

With both elections held in the former East Germany, Klingst said, "the AfD has successfully challenged the Left Party for its role as THE 'East German Party.' Though the right wing populists are on the decline in the West, they are clearly on the rise in the East. The results show that for many East German voters the country is still not united."​

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The decidedly right-of-center Alternate for Germany (AfD) Party scored the biggest gains of its six-year history, a clear sign voters are fed up with the nation's ruling coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Newsmax's John Gizzi.
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