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>> The German Chancellor suffering a stinging defeat in the polls on her home turf. Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party beaten into third place in regional elections by an anti-immigration and anti-Islam party. The alternative for Germany taking more than quarter of the vote in her Chancellor's home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
>> Reuters' European politics editor, Mark John.>> It was pretty clear that happened because of her migration policy. I mean that's been the number one policy debate in Germany for months now. The AFD were playing out this particular concerns very, very strongly despite the fact that in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern there are hardly any migrants coming in but nonetheless this is really what's on many of these voter's minds at the moment.
>> As a result of Merkel's open door policy, 1 million refugees entered Germany last year. The Chancellor's approval rating hitting a five year low of 45%, down from 67% 12 months ago. The AFD party making the most of this discontent.>> This was formed back in 2013. It's one of these populist anti-immigrant Euro skeptic parties.
But what they are trying to do now is to position itself so that it actually can get seats in 2017. So at the moment, it's riding in polls about 12%, which means for the first time it would actually get. So that would be just another breakthrough for one of these parties in Europe.
>> Sunday's result also casting an ominous shadow over Merkel's hopes of winning or even running for the fourth term in 2017. The next vote in Berlin in two weeks' time, some analysts predicting a repeat defeat will spell the beginning of the end for the German Chancellor. Others assuring she may be done but she's far from out.