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Merkel's Party Unable to Control Discontent 'It Has Caused' Among Public

© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel - Sputnik International
The eurosceptic party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) received 20.8% of the vote in regional parliamentary elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, ranking second ahead of Merkel's CDU party.

Supporters of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party display an AfD banner during a demonstration by AfD supporters in Berlin (File) - Sputnik International
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In an interview with Sputnik, Willy Wimmer, former deputy chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and former member of the Bundestag, commented on the results of the voting.

The fact that AfD gained widespread support in Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel's home state is quite symbolic, the politician argued.

According to Wimmer, in this way people expressed their disagreement with the policy of the current government and showed that the leading parties are now no longer able to control the discontent among the public, "because they themselves have caused this dissatisfaction."

AfD (Alternative for Germany) party chairwoman, Frauke Petry, center, talks with party members prior to a news conference in Berlin, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Merkel's CDU came in third in regional elections in Merkel's home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with 19 percent of the vote. The CDU was beaten by both the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which won 20.8 percent, and the ruling Social Democrats (SPD), which obtained 30.6 percent.

"Federal Chancellor bears responsibility for such results. She, however, did not learn her lesson," the politician stated.

"People have noticed that they are not being asked any more, that they are just the objects. And if all this comes together with political mistakes, then one should not be surprised about the election results," Wimmer explained.

According to German magazine Focus, the rapid decline in the Chancellor's popularity was caused by a recent string of terrorist attacks that rocked Germany in July and were blamed on refugees. Merkel's open-door policy toward migrants has been long criticized among the German population and raised serious security concerns with regard to possible terrorist attacks in the country.

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