Angela Merkel suffered damaging losses at the hands of Germany’s resurgent far-Right in regional elections in Berlin on Sunday evening.
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won the highest share of the vote for the far-Right in Berlin since the Second World War, with around 14 percent, according to public broadcasters’ projections.
Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered their worst ever results in the German capital, with just 17.5 per cent of the vote.
But the results will be viewed with some relief by the chancellor and her allies, after the AfD fell considerably short of expectations.
Forecast just days ago to win as much as 15 per cent and come third, the openly anti-Muslim party was beaten into fifth place by the Greens and the Left Party.
It will still be enough to secure the far-Right its first seats in the Berlin state parliament since the 1990 reunification of Germany.