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.
The German government has shown a new level of engagement with Muslims, but calls for a “German Islam” and mosque taxes raise questions about Germany’s future plan for the Muslim minority, and what role the German Islam Conference will play.
German conservative Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer secures over 51 percent of the party's vote.
There are twelve applicants for Angela Merkel's job. The CDU will now organise an internal election to determine who will lead Germany's conservative political wing for the years to come.
Angela Merkel also said on Monday she would step down as German chancellor at the end of her term in 2021.
German society has been left with many questions after Mesut Ozil's resignation. Chief among them, can they deal with racism and discrimination?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country is going through a situation "never faced before" and vowed to avoid tax increases and take a "zero tolerance" policy on security.
Under the agreement, Germany would accept 200,000 people a year on humanitarian grounds, including families of refugees already in the country.
The election result in Schleswig-Holstein boosts her party's confidence ahead of the North Rhine-Westphalia state elections scheduled for next Sunday.
Merkel's Christian Democrats losses regional vote to anti-Islam and anti-migrant party in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as a result of Merkel's controversial immigration policy.
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