Germany's Merkel faces test as people vote in regional elections
March 13, Berlin: People in Germany are voting in three regional elections seen as a test of support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy towards refugees.
Elections suggest that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will remain the biggest party in Saxony-Anhalt in the east of the country. More than a million migrants and refugees entered Germany in 2015 alone.
The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) is expected to make gains amid unease over Merkel's so-called "open door" policy.
CDU faces defeat to the Greens in Baden-Wuerttemberg in the west, where it is currently the largest party. And in Rhineland-Palatinate, where the CDU came a close second last time, the race is on a knife edge, media reports said.
Polls put the AfD's support as high as 19 percent in Saxony-Anhalt, where the CDU and the Social Democrats now govern in coalition.
If the AfD performs as well as the polls indicate, the coalition partners may need to team up with a third party to assemble a majority.
The Oslo Times