German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU has suffered historic losses in Berlin state elections.
The CDU has been ousted from the state governing coalition with the center-left Social Democrats.
Angela Merkel’s popularity has waned since her 2015 decision to allow more than a million refugees into Germany.
The CDU won 17.6% of the vote – its worst-ever result in Berlin.
It is the party’s second electoral blow in two weeks, having been pushed into third place by the AfD in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at the beginning of the month.
The Social Democrat Party (SPD) has emerged as the strongest party with about 22%, in spite of losing almost 7% of their voters.
The strong showing of the AfD, 14%, has prompted its co-chairman Joerg Meuthen to say the party was strongly positioned for 2017 national elections.
The AfD is now set to be represented in 10 out of 16 state parliaments.