Polls open in key German state election test for Merkel’s party

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Polls in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt opened on Sunday with the election representing the last major test of the political mood in the country before September’s national ballot. A string of polls had pointed to a neck-and-neck race between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the run-up to Sunday’s election. But recent voter surveys have shown the CDU pulling ahead in the state, which is part of a series of regional elections this year building to the September 26 national poll. A win for the CDU in Saxony-Anhal…

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