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Wolfgang Hampel's new Vita Magica guest was a very famous TV lady, author and singer.
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The situation in Germany and Sweden with many refugees is rather difficult.
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'Mama Merkel' faces first test of migrant crisis handling as elections loom
'Open-door' refugee policy exposes deep divide in chancellor's party as Germany goes to polls in regional vote
• Angela Merkel's Turkey deal at risk of unravelling
Mr Seehofer is neither from Saxony-Anhalt, nor even a member of the Christian Democrats. State prime minister of far-off Bavaria, he is leader of that region’s “sister party”, the Christian Social Union (CSU).
But as several key states head to regional elections today(Sun), Mrs Merkel has become a “toxic brand” for the Christian Democrats’ core constituency. Figures like Mr Seehoffer are seen as far more likely to bring out the vote, even though they oppose their own government’s policy on the biggest issue of the day.
This is of national consequence. Mrs Merkel does not face national elections until next year, but with CDU support falling in the polls, some are warning a poor showing in the state elections could make the party panic and look for a new leader.
• Merkel stages a remarkable comeback among German citizens
At the rally in the town of Halle, the mood at times was overtly hostile towards her.
“Angela Merkel may have won some new voters with her refugee policy, but she’s losing traditional CDU voters,” Martin Beier, a 25-year-old party volunteer said.
The law student said his impression from canvassing was that many traditional CDU voters were “looking for an alternative”.
“My perception is that these people just won’t vote,” he said. “Overall I think she's losing both voters and votes in this election.I hope this issue will be resolved by the time of the national elections.”
Mrs Merkel’s personal national approval ratings surged an unexpected eight points this month, to 54 per cent — a level that would be the envy of many of her European counterparts.
Even though her party has suffered in opinion polls, it was worse in 2011. Then, it suffered disappointing state election results only to storm back to power in the national elections two years later, almost winning an absolute majority.
But in Germany’s politics, that may not mean much now, if the party turns against her. For disgruntled CDU voters have a new party to whom they can transfer their allegiance.
The eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) has been rising in the polls across Germany, but in Saxony-Anhalt it is currently in third place at 18 per cent.
While the CDU is almost certain to top the polls when results come through, a strong showing for the AfD could prevent it forming a coalition in the state government — and would be seen as a dangerous sign ahead of next year’s general election.
In the state capital of Magdeburg, from a tiny office above a chemist’s shop, the AfD’s lead candidate Andre Poggenburg is threatening Mrs Merkel’s very future as German chancellor - a position in which she until recently seemed invincible.
“We’re prepared to enter coalition talks with the CDU,” Mr Poggenburg, a 40-year-old local businessman, says with a smile. “But not with the CDU under Merkel.”
Mr Poggenburg says he is aiming for the party to come second in the state polls - and another of his election slogans is “Merkel must go”.
When it emerged in 2013, the AfD focused on the travails of the euro, but in the wake of the migrant crisis it has lurched dramatically to the right, ousting its original leader and redefining itself as the anti-migrant party.
Mrs Merkel on the other hand, even as other countries shut borders and her conservative allies demanded national measures such as refugee quotas, oversaw the arrival of nearly 1.1 million people as asylum-seekers last year.
AfD’s national party leader, Frauke Petry, hit the headlines last month when she called for police to be authorised to shoot refugees to prevent them crossing the German border.
Police should “use firearms if necessary”, she said. When asked if that extended to opening fire on women and children, she replied: “Yes”.
The head of the German police union publicly said officers would refuse any orders to shoot at asylum-seekers.
But the controversy does not seem to have dented growing support for the AfD across Germany.
“A gun is not necessarily used to kill,” Mr Poggenburg says. “You can fire a warning shot. You can shoot to incapacitate. We are not calling for the order to shoot to be given to prevent people crossing the border. What Frauke Petry said is the police have to be allowed to use their guns if they are attacked.”
The AfD wants to impose a “temporary limit of zero” on the number of asylum-seekers allowed to enter Germany.
Those already in the country should have their claims assessed, Mr Poggenburg says. Genuine refugees would be allowed to stay, while those who are rejected would be deported.
“According to some statistics, the proportion of genuine refugees is much lower than we are led to believe,” he says, although he cannot produce the figures to back up his assertion.
The AfD has been dogged by other controversies. Ms Petry is on record calling for German women to have three children each, in order to boost the population.
“It would be a good thing if that was the average, but we’re not saying every woman has to have three children,” Mr Poggenburg says. “We encourage it, but we don’t demand it.”
The AfD’s opponents have compared it to the Nazi party.
“That’s intolerable. It trivialises the crimes of the Nazis,” Mr Poggenburg says. Nevertheless, party members have described rival politicians as Volksverräter, or “traitors to the people”, a slur the Nazis used against their enemies.
The state elections are exposing unexpected alignments in Germany’s politics.
The key southern state of Baden-Württemberg, home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, also goes to the polls on March 13.
There, Mrs Merkel has had to distance herself from being seen as too close to Winfried Kretschmann, the Green Party leader and current state prime minister — who has been considerably more supportive of her refugee policy than her own local party.
In Rhineland-Palatinate, Mrs Merkel might lose by winning. The CDU's photogenic state party leader, Julia Klöckner, has publicly disowned her refugee policy and could emerge as a rival on the national stage.
In Halle, even if they oppose her, many warned against writing off Mrs Merkel too soon.
“Her weakness is not terminal," Roland Milker, a retired businessman, said. "She will make it because there is no competition.”
But even if she survives, the divide at the heart of her party will have been crudely exposed.