Exit poll results in three out of 16 German states foretell a wipeout in next year’s general election as the hard-right capitalised on public disquiet and altered the political landscape forever.
Baden-Württemberg – solidly middle class and home to blue chip companies like Porsche and Daimler – was won by the Green Party after Merkel’s CDU lost nearly 11 per cent support since the last vote there in 2011.
And the Alternative for Germany – AfD anti-immigrant pary – garnered 12.5 percent of the votes, propelling a party that her supporters call “Nazis in pinstripes” into the local parliament.
Their success was even more prominent in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt where it scored a massive 23 percent.
Supporters of Germany’s new anti-immigration party celebrated on Sunday after the Alternative for Germany (AfD) surged into three state assemblies with scores that would have been unthinkable only a year ago.
AfD leader Andre Poggenburg, called Angela Merkel “the worst Chancellor is German history” as he celebrated his success.
He said: “What an amazing evening. We fought like lions for your land.”
Formed three years ago in opposition to euro zone bailouts, the AfD has morphed into an anti-immigration party over the past year, kicking out its founder and seizing on a record influx of migrants to lure new voters and steal disaffected members of Merkel’s conservatives.
On Sunday they had their best day ever, winning a shocking 24 percent of the vote in Saxony-Anhalt, to become the second-biggest party in the state parliament.
Exit polls showed that the AfD drew thousands of voters from Merkel’s conservatives, particularly in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Germany has long resisted parties with far-right ideologies because of its past with the Nazi party.
But the popularity of anti-immigration parties is growing after the country accepted over 1m refugees last year.
The streets of Germany have seen a contestant stream of protests in the last year over sex attacks carried out by migrants, especially in Cologne.
Ms Merkel is largely blamed for the chaos of Nee Year’s Eve where over 100 women were robbed and sexually assaulted, because of her welcoming message to migrant families.
And this was reflected at the ballot box.