German voters' crushing verdict on open-door migration: Angela Merkel is punished in crucial state elections as far-Right party wins big vote with call to stop flow of refugees

  • Three German regions vote for state legislatures on 'Super Sunday' 
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt all vote 
  • Angela Merkel's party set to lose support in the wake of refugee crisis
  • Exit polls suggest the Christian Democratic Union has lost in two states 
  • Anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AFD) set to win seats at all three 
  • For more of the latest on Angela Merkel visit www.dailymail.co.uk/merkel
German voters turned to the far right in droves yesterday in a damning verdict on Angela Merkel’s open door border policy.
In regional elections she was humiliated by the anti-immigrant AfD – Alternative for Germany – party.
Formed just three years ago, it has surged in popularity following Mrs Merkel’s decision to roll out the red carpet for more than a million migrants
Frauke Petry, who leads the Eurosceptic party, has suggested German border guards should open fire on illegal immigrants.
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Losses: It is predicted to be uncomfortable viewing for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union as exit polls predict losses in state elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt today
Losses: It is predicted to be uncomfortable viewing for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union as exit polls predict losses in state elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt today
Humiliation: Ms Merkel was mocked by a carnival float showing her weighed down by her humanitarian politics
Humiliation: Ms Merkel was mocked by a carnival float showing her weighed down by her humanitarian politics
Joy: AfD leader Frauke Petry, left, and deputy speaker Albrecht Glaser, right, celebrate election success
Joy: AfD leader Frauke Petry, left, and deputy speaker Albrecht Glaser, right, celebrate election success
Delight: Supporters of the AfD celebrate the exit poll news in Saxony-Anhalt state elections that suggested the party would net a second-place finish
Delight: Supporters of the AfD celebrate the exit poll news in Saxony-Anhalt state elections that suggested the party would net a second-place finish
Ladies in Red: SPD Rhineland-Palatinate federal state govenor Malu Dreyer, left, shakes hands with CDU challenger Julia Kloeckner, right, after retaining control of the region 
Ladies in Red: SPD Rhineland-Palatinate federal state govenor Malu Dreyer, left, shakes hands with CDU challenger Julia Kloeckner, right, after retaining control of the region 
Analysts said the regional poll – in which Mrs Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats lost two out of three states – was a ‘worst case scenario’ for the embattled chancellor ahead of a general election next year.
The timing made it a virtual referendum on Germany’s refugee policy. It will also be seen as an indictment of the failure of Europe’s ruling classes to acknowledge the public’s fears about migration.
Mrs Merkel’s welcome for arrivals from Syria, other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, has caused chaos across the continent.
Protest: Not everyone was happy about the AfD's gains with riot police called in to block a march demonstrating against the right-wing party
Protest: Not everyone was happy about the AfD's gains with riot police called in to block a march demonstrating against the right-wing party
Message: Protesters try to make their feelings heard at the anti-right wing event in Stuttgart
Message: Protesters try to make their feelings heard at the anti-right wing event in Stuttgart
Initially, the incomers were greeted by crowds of well-wishers.
But, faced with the sheer numbers, public opinion soured. And there was outrage when gangs of migrant men were involved in organised sex attacks on women in Cologne and other cities on new year’s eve.
One by one, EU states have thrown up border fences to stop the flow of arrivals – leading to the slow collapse of the Schengen passport-free zone. 
Austria is one of several countries to limit numbers in defiance of Brussels.