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German far right expected to make gains in regional elections

Right-wing AfD party are expected to make big election gains in the German state of Thuringia on Sunday, in further proof of the party’s growing strength.

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Voters in the eastern German state of Thuringia will go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament.

The vote – which comes just weeks after a shooting at a synagogue – is being seen as an indicator of the future of German politics.

The socialist Left party face a tight race with Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

But, the AfD face accusations of fueling violence against political opponents and minorities.

Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports from Erfurt.


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