Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) fought off a challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) after winning state elections in Saxony-Anhalt, seen as a litmus test for the country’s general election in September.

Sunday’s win represents a comeback for Merkel’s party and Armin Laschet, the new leader of CDU and candidate for chancellor in the national vote, after its disappointing results during spring state elections.EFE