The electoral colleges of the state of Saxony-Anhalt have already opened their doors for the local elections, which are the last big prelude to the federal elections in September, which will decide on Angela Merkel’s successor as head of the Federal Chancellery.
In the latest polls, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is slightly above the extreme right represented by Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), but the difference of two points (26 vs now could depend on the effect of the hidden vote and the undecided votes be canceled.
As the origin of the Bauhaus art and design movement, the country is home to an important part of the German cultural heritage. However, the youth exodus has resulted in an aging population that is largely conservative and supportive of the AfD.
The decline in the AfD, however, makes it easier for the current Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) to return to power in a coalition with Social Democrats, Greens and even Liberal Democrats.
The victory of the CDU would give the conservative Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, who has not yet received the necessary boost after being nominated in April, a big boost.
Laschet has denied any kind of agreement with the AfD and warned against excluding any member of the CDU who tries to conclude a government pact for the state with it.
The far-right movement is going through a national crisis due to its internal strife, but its performance at the local level, particularly in this state, remains significant.