Nationalist party set for gains as three German states vote


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AfD which was formed three years ago, is wooing voters with anti-migrant slogans.

Bjoern Hoecke, chairman of the Alternative fuer Deutschland, AfD, in the German state Thuringia, delivers a speech at the Political Ash Wednesday rally of the party in Guesten. (Photo: AP)

Magdeburg: A rising nationalist party is expected to ride unease about Chancellor Angela Merkel's migrant policy to perform strongly in three German state elections this weekend, the first significant political test since last year's massive influx of people seeking safety and a better life.

Alternative for Germany, or AfD, formed three years ago, is wooing voters with slogans such as "ENOUGH!" and "Secure borders instead of borderless crime."

It's expected to enter legislatures Sunday in the diverse regions: prosperous Baden-Wuerttemberg in the southwest, neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate, and relatively poor Saxony-Anhalt in the east. Other parties won't share power with it, but its