>> Accepting her share of the blame for a drubbing at the polls, Angela Merkel vowing to reach out to far right voters after her CDU party's worst ever performance in a Berlin state election. The capital rejecting the Chancellor's open door refugee policy.
Voters instead turning to the anti immigrant alternative for Germany party, which scooped up almost 30% of the vote.
The AFD now has a seat in ten of Germany's 16 state assemblies. Reuter's chief correspondent, Paul Carol, is in Berlin.>> A lot of people who voted for that party, said they did so as a protest. So there is perhaps some credibility to the CDU's claim, the claim by Merkel's party, that, that protest vote will not translate fully to the federal level at national elections next year.
However, again, it's clearly a risk.>> Widespread discontent with Merkel's migrant policy also compounded by infighting within her conservative block. The CSU has already called on the Chancellor to tighten Germany's borders, in particular, they want a cap of 200,000 refugees per year.>> It was interesting that within minutes of the result coming in last night, the Secretary General of Merkel's CDU Party turned his fire on the CSU and blamed them for the poor showing.
So, they really need to patch up their differences, come to a compromise, and act as a union if they're gonna do better in the federal election next year.>> The Chancellor refusing to confirm whether she'll run in 2017, but she's vowing not to allow a repeat of last year's influx of one million refugees.
As her party slumps to its lowest tally since 1990 in Berlin, there's mounting pressure for a policy rethink.