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Merkel's Bayern-CSU suffers "massive losses"



  CSU leader on election night

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The CSU seems to have lost support both on the right and on the left

Angela Merkel's sister party suffered massive losses in the Bavarian state elections, polls show in a strike against the Chancellor

The CSU loses its absolute majority in the state parliament.

The Greens stormed into second place and the anti-immigration AfD first entered the state parliament.

Since 1

957, the CSU has governed Bavaria almost single-handedly, but is losing support, as opinions on issues such as migration are polarizing.

Exit polls on major broadcasters revealed that the CSU (Christian Social Union) won around 35.5% four years ago, 12 points less than 19% of the pro-immigration greens.

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The alternative for Germany (AfD) was 11% fourth, behind a collective of independent candidates known as Free Voters.

Ms. Merkel's national coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats (in German). The AfD is not as successful in Bavaria as it is in East Germany, but seems to be headed by the CSU Having adopted a high number of votes

Following on from the AfD's hard-line policy on migration, for example, the CSU seems to have lost the support of more moderate voters.

  • Bavaria key
    • Nearly 13 million inhabitants and area-wide the largest of the 16 federal states 19659012] Capital Munich is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg
    • Second highest GDP of 16 federal states
    • Historically conservative region with a strong Catholic and local tradition
    • Industrial power plant: Auto and IT sector particularly strong, rich in family business

    The survey is a serious setback for Ms. Merkel, just months after becoming a fragile co Alital had formed with CSU and SPD – both had suffered great losses in Bavaria.

    The BBC Jenny Hill in Bavaria s The elections illustrate the complexity of the challenge faced by many of the big established parties in Europe.

    It's not just the rise of the extreme right, she says, but voters are moving in favor of smaller, newer movements.


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