AfD now strongest party in East Germany – state election wins may force Merkel out early

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Germany’s far right AfD party looks set for a huge election win in a bombshell vote that could force Angela Merkel out early.

The party stands a good chance of winning the most seats in the east of the country this autumn, which would be a serious blow to the German chancellor.

Although the AfD’s poll ratings remain in the low teens for Germany as a whole, it’s expected to seize control of dozens of councils in local elections next month, reports the Times.

In the 2017 general election, the nationalist opposition party came second to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in the eastern states, with 22 percent of the vote.

Now the AfD is narrowly ahead, with 23 percent against 22 percent, a survey for the tabloid Bild am Sonntag has revealed.