The anti-Islam and anti-refugee Alternative for Germany came second in regional elections in Brandenburg and Saxony.
Merkel's Christian Democrats remained the largest party in Saxony but saw their vote share drop by 7.4 points from the last election in 2014 to 32 percent, with the far-right Alternative for Germany coming second, preliminary results showed.
Both Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the SPD are expected to lose support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Brandenburg and Saxony.
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Around 20,000 counter-protesters outnumbered 5,000 people who turned out in support of the far-right AfD party in the German capital Berlin.
Hundreds of people also flocked to two counter-demonstrations held well away from the far-right festival in separate parts of Ostritz.
The AfD has become a significant player and the largest opposition party in Germany's parliament. Its rise is the most successful of any far-right party in the country since the Second World War.
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