Voters in a north-east German state are going to the polls in a vote seen as a test of Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s policies towards migrants and refugees.
The anti-migrant and anti-Islam Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) could get more votes than Mrs Merkel’s CDU in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
This would weaken Ms Merkel ahead of national elections next year.
However, all Germany’s other parties have ruled out forming a governing coalition with the AfD.
So the party stands no chance of forming a government in the state.