Germany’s SPD holds Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, far wing AfD second

Germany’s Social Democrat poll winner in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Premier Erwin Sellering, has told Chancellor Merkel to change course on refugees. Her CDU was relegated to third place by the anti-migrant AfD. (Deutsche Welle)

Before the vote in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, all of Germany’s other parties ruled out forming a governing coalition with the AfD. (BBC)

“This isn’t pretty for us,” said Michael Grosse-Broemer, one of Merkel’s top deputies in parliament in Berlin in a ZDF TV interview. “Those who voted for the AfD were sending a message of protest.” (Reuters)