In a shocking upheaval, a state election held on Sunday showed that support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats party has plummeted amid rising support for the anti-immigration movement.

The Christian Democrats party took third place behind the Social Democrats and Alternative for Germany, the latter of which campaigns on an aggressively anti-immigrant platform.

With just one year until federal elections, Merkel’s position is tenuous at best and it appears likely that the chancellor may lose her seat due to rabid anti-immigrant sentiment rising across the nation.

This time last year, Merkel took a strong stance on immigration by opening Germany’s borders to thousands of refugees. With rising resistance to immigration all over Europe, it is no surprise that a not-insignificant portion of the population holds that decision against the chancellor.

AfD co-leader Frauke Petry issued this statement on the victory:

“This is a slap in the face for Merkel – not only in Berlin but also in her home stat. The voters made a clear statement against Merkel’s disastrous immigration policies. This put her in her place.”

Merkel, who is currently serving her third term as chancellor has not officially stated her plans about a 4th term. If she does intend to campaign for another term, she is facing some stuff competition as the AfD is now the third-largest party in the nation.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at