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>> Polling stations are now closed in Berlin's city election. On paper, the results are isolated to the capital. But they could have ramifications across Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffering their second electoral blow in just two weeks. The anti-immigrantal alternative for Germany party, the beneficiaries. Backlash for Merkel's open door policy has seen her party take a beating according to an early exit poll.
>> The AFD, however, projected a gain representation in another regional assembly. The party forecast around 11.5% of the vote. That would give them a seat at the table at 10 of Germany's 16 state assemblies and something for Merkel to think about ahead of national elections next year.
Pressure has been growing within her conservative coalition camp to tighten Germany's borders. The AFD successfully playing on voters' fears about the impact of a migrant influx. Merkel has so far stuck to her guns, but with Christian Democrats staring down their worst ever result in Berlin, there'll be increased pressure for a rethink.