Germany's AfD says election losses not due to its stance on pandemic  

The leader of Germany’s far-right populist Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) says the party’s hefty losses in two key state elections were not the result of the party’s stance on the coronavirus crisis. Joerg Meuthen said the AfD had “different answers to the other parties” in the crisis. He said the AfD did not believe the nation’s “heavy-handed lockdown” made sense. Meuthen said he was convinced that what he described as Berlin’s “failure” in its coronavirus management would become clear in the run-up to September’s national elections.

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