Angela Merkel migrant-friendly policies face a first major test this weekend, with voters expected to punish the German Chancellor and her party for their decision to allow thousands of migrants to enter Germany.
State elections in three key states will be a barometer of public opinion and a clear indication of much Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party will be affected by her moral stance over the thousands of migrants that have headed north through Europe to reach Germany in search of a better life.
An estimated one million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015, according to unofficial figures.
While public opinion in Germany was generally sympathetic towards refugees from Syria, sentiment soured following a spate of sexual assaults allegedly carried out by immigrants in Cologne on New Year's Eve.
Following the assaults, Merkel proposed tougher laws that would make it easier to deport migrants but the damage had been done and many members of the public were left wondering whether the chancellor has a long-term plan on integrating the newcomers.