Romanian immigrant elected German mayor after anti-AfD alliance

Actors and directors called on Grlitz voters to not succumb to far-right partys hate and enmity A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention. Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkels centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sundays election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%. Actors, directors and others who made films on location in Goerlitz had called on residents to vote against Wippel. The petition urged voters not to succumb to …