Germany Rejects Merkel as Refugee Crisis Escalates

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, weathering a torrent of discontent over her open-door refugee policies, suffered a humiliating setback Sunday in regional elections. The Christian Democratic Union finished second in the Berlin state elections, with 17.5 percent of the vote, down 5 percentage points from the last election — its worst showing there since German reunification. It likely will be knocked out of coalition with the dominant Social Democrats. “We have achieved a great result. The AfD has arrived in the German capital and is also on a direct path to the Bundestag.” Meanwhile, the far-right Alternative for Germany party finished fifth with 14.1 percent, entering the 149-seat Berlin parliament for the first time. “We have achieved a great result,” several news organizations quoted AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch as saying. “The AfD has arrived in the German capital and is also on a direct path to the Bundestag.” AfD, which has capitalized on unease over the refugee crisis, now has

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