Germany’s Merkel in for drubbing as populists eye poll surge

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BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party braced for a backlash at key state polls Sunday over the German leader’s liberal refugee policy, while the right-wing populist AfD prepared to scoop up the protest vote from angry voters.More than 12 million voters are electing three new regional parliaments for the southwestern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as eastern Saxony-Anhalt in the so-called Super Sunday polls.The elections are the biggest since a record influx of refugees to Germany, and are largely billed as a referendum on Merkel’s decision to open the country’s doors to people fleeing war.

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