Far-Right Alternative For Germany Party Gains Seats In Regional Elections
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a setback in the country's regional elections Sunday. The far-right Alternative for Germany party gained seats in a vote widely seen as a referendum on Merkel and her policy on migrants. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Daniela Schwarzer, an analyst with the German Marshall Fund, about the results.
A Weakening Center
Some commentators have played down the political effects of the vote, pointing out that the small anti-establishment parties have never been particularly engaged in the European Parliament’s actual work.